For the children of Roby Park Primary School to gain the greatest benefit from their education and reach their full potential, it is vital that they have a high level of attendance and that they arrive at school, on time, ready to learn, every day. It is very important therefore that everyone strives for all children to, at the very least meet our school and the national target of 97% for attendance.
Why is regular attendance is so important?
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines, thus affecting the learning of others in the same class.
Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parents’/ carers’ legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
Promoting Excellent Attendance:
Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility: parents/carers, pupils and all members of school staff.
To help us all to focus on this we will:
- Talk about attendance in class every day and every school assembly.
- Give parents/carers details and information on attendance in our regular newsletter and the school website;
- Tell parents/carers regularly how their child is performing in school, what their attendance and punctuality rate is and how this relates to their attainment and progress;
- Invite parents/carers into school to work alongside the school attendance team at an attendance panel where concerns about attendance and punctuality can be raised and support provided.
- Celebrate good attendance by displaying class achievements on our Attendance League display in the school hall.
- Reward good attendance through our weekly and half termly attendance and punctuality rewards and termly attendance prize giving assemblies to celebrate individual, class and whole school achievements.
- Launch whole school initiatives and competitions to promote good attendance and punctuality on a termly basis.
- Poor punctuality is unacceptable as this impacts on the school day for the child who is late, as well as others. If a child misses the start of the day, they can miss vital input from their teacher, as well as missing any important news for the day. Late arrival of pupils disrupts lessons and can be embarrassing for the child. Lateness can also encourage absence. Parents/carers are asked to bring their child to the school office and sign their child in and provide a reason for their lateness. We will also inform parents /carers in writing if a child is persistently late or appears to have a regular pattern of lateness which parents/carers will be invited to discuss at a half termly attendance panel with members of the school attendance team. The Local Authority Attendance Team will often be on site at peak times of the school day/week to discuss punctuality with parents/carers and offer guidance and support.
How we manage lateness:
The school day starts at 8.45am and we expect every child to be in class and seated at their desk/on the carpet by 8.50am. Registers are marked at 8.50am and a child will receive a late mark if they are not in class by that time.