Cerne Abbas CE VC First School, Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LA – 01300 341319
CERNE ABBAS CE VC FIRST SCHOOL
Attendance Policy 2021
|Date of policy||November 2021|
Date reviewed by the
Member of staff responsible in
Cerne Abbas CE VC First School
|Review date||Sept 2022|
Our vision is to be the best we can be.
We are committed to nurturing every child to thrive in a safe and engaging environment based on our Christian values of Peace, Trust and Friendship. We strive to develop happy and confident learners ready to face the challenges of their next steps.
Our school will offer an environment in which pupils feel valued and welcome.
Pupils will know that their presence is important.
Rights and Responsibilities of Parents/Carers
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, punctually, properly equipped and in a fit condition to learn.
If a child is prevented for any reason from attending, or is late, parents are requested to notify the school as soon as possible on each day of absence - by phone call or message.
A pupil’s absence from school must be considered as unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is received.
Attendance will be raised with parents prior to commencing school.
Parents will be informed if concerns about attendance arise and be given the opportunity to discuss these concerns with a member of staff.
Pupils who do experience attendance difficulties will be offered prompt and sympathetic support, initially from the class teacher and should the need arise, from the Head Teacher.
Pupils should be aware of the importance of maintaining their attendance at the highest possible level. This will be encouraged through positive strategies and rewards.
All pupils are expected to attend school regularly and punctually.
Attendance will be monitored using individual attendance records.
The Head Teacher will report termly to the governing body on attendance matters and attendance information will be incorporated in the annual reports to parents.
Staff will endeavour to encourage good attendance and punctuality.
Attendance is the responsibility of all school staff (not just teaching and pastoral staff). Staff will respond to absenteeism firmly, consistently and with care.
The school will employ a range of strategies to encourage good attendance and punctuality and will promptly investigate all absences, liaising closely with parents.
Approved Education Activity
Time out of school to take part in:
- Sporting activity
- Educational visits i.e. to other schools
- Lessons in other schools
are recorded as present, even though the pupil is not physically on the school premises.
Absence will not be authorised for:
- Family holidays (unless in exceptional circumstances – see below)
- Looking after family members
- Birthdays or similar events
- Theatre Visits / Concerts
- Any work (paid or unpaid) undertaken in school hours.
Holidays in Term Time
The Headteacher cannot grant leave of absence during term time for family holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence due to family holidays will be recorded as unauthorised. If circumstances are deemed exceptional a maximum of 10 days may be granted.
If a pupil is persistently absent and the school’s efforts to effect an improvement have been unsuccessful, the matter will be referred to the Locality Team.
Pupils who are absent through sickness for an extended time (over 2 weeks) will be provided with work to be completed at home and will be re-integrated back into school on their return as appropriate.
Following up Lateness and Absence
It is a parent’s responsibility to contact school as soon as possible on each day of absence.
If a pupil is absent regularly, or unnecessarily, the school will contact parents, to notify them of the school’s concern and emphasising statutory obligations to ensure children attend.
Once the school has exhausted all actions outlined in the guidance issued in ‘‘School Attendance – Good Practice and Procedures’’ with no improvement, a request for involvement will be made to the Locality Team. Consultation between the school and the Locality Social Worker will be arranged to set targets for, and to support poor attendees. Other services e.g. Child and Family Guidance will be consulted where appropriate.
Regular liaison between feeder First school and Middle schools will be sought in order to identify pupils who may require extra support during the transition.
The parents of every child of compulsory school age are legally required to ensure he/she receives efficient, full-time education suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude, and to any special needs he/she may have, either by attendance at school or otherwise. Failure to do so is an absolute offence.
(Section 444, 1996 Education Act)
Registers will be taken punctually each day at the published registration time.
If a pupil arrives after registers close (20 minutes after the published register time) he/she should report to the school office. When a pupil misses registration altogether and fails to provide an adequate explanation then that pupil will be marked as an unauthorised absentee for the session.
Absences will be authorised for:
- Unavoidable medical/dental appointments and
- Exceptional circumstances such as:
Whenever possible, medical/dental appointments should be made outside school hours.
Current Covid-19 Pandemic
If a pupil or any household member has any Covid-19 symptoms, then they MUST stay at home until a PCR test has been done. If a pupil develops symptoms throughout the day then they will isolate in the ELSA shed and parents will be contacted immediately. If a pupil is absent due to having covid symptoms and is awaiting a test result, this will be authorised and not included in the data percentage at the end of the year. The class teacher will provide home learning remotely through either Tapestry (EYFS and KS1 classes) or Class Dojo (KS2 classes).
If any pupil has been identified as a close contact of a positive Covid case, absence will be authorised for the time required to take a PCR test. Assuming the pupil is asymptomatic, he/she should return to school whilst awaiting the result and any further absence will be marked as unauthorised.
A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere