PARENTS/CARERS ATTENDANCE NEWSLETTER Dear Parents/Carers, As you know everybody at Grosvenor Road is committed to ensuring that each of our children gets the best possible start in life. Regular attendance is crucial for your child to learn to the best of their ability. DID YOU KNOW? If your child misses just one day a week it adds up to missing half a term of school a year. 1 day a week = half a term a year! We know that the vast majority of absences are for genuine reasons, but occasionally children are absent for reasons which are not acceptable e.g. a) Shopping for clothes/shoes b) Illness of brother/sister c) Illness of parent d) Visiting relatives e) Having a full day off for a doctors/dental appointment f) Oversleeping g) More than two weeks holiday time HOLIDAY TIME We know everybody looks forward to their annual holidays but please try to avoid taking your holidays during term time. Particularly bad times are at the end of the school year (teacher assessments, reports, etc), around SATS for Years 2 and 6, and at the beginning of the school year (meeting new teacher, becoming familiar with new class, etc). GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES ON HOLIDAYS Each child may have 10 days at the Head Teacher’s discretion absent from school because of a family holiday. Any further time taken will have to be recorded as an UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE on your child’s attendance records. Please note holiday absence will not be granted if your child has poor attendance (below 90%) or if an absence is requested during school tests. If you wish to take your child on holiday in school time a holiday request form MUST be completed (available from the office). NON ATTENDANCE If your child is absent you must inform the school on the FIRST day (either in person or by phone) as soon as possible. Parents should also send a note explaining the reason for the absence. We must have a note for our school records. Any absence that is not covered by a note is registered as an unauthorised absence on your child’s record. If you do not contact school, Mrs Abbotts (Learning Mentor) will try to contact you, if this fails she will send a letter home, which must be filled in and sent to school once your child returns back. Children who develop a pattern of absence will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer who may visit your home to determine the reason for the continued absence. Please note that receiving 10 or more unauthorised absence marks (1 school day = 2 unauthorised absence marks), either through non-attendance/holidays or lateness, in accordance with section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996, could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. If this is not paid then the penalty will increase to £100 and if by the stated date this is not paid, then you will be prosecuted. PROMOTING PUNCTUALITY Alongside promoting good attendance in school we are also aiming to improve punctuality. Unfortunately, a small but significant number of children are persistent late comers. This causes several problems such as confusing dinner time numbers, but by far the greatest problem is that these children miss the start of very important lessons and they are often embarrassed by their lateness. They prefer to be in the same routine as the rest of the class. Current practice in our school is: Children line up in the playground. Mrs Dulson will be on the playground from 8:50am. The children can enter school at 8:55am when the school bell has been rung. At 9am the Nursery, Infant and Junior doors are then locked. Any child arriving too late to enter by these doors is automatically late and must enter school by the late entrance. A late mark is then entered in the late book and on your child’s register. IF YOUR CHILD ARRIVES AFTER 9.30AM, A MARK OF ‘U’ WILL BE RECORDED. This is classed as an unauthorised absence and will have a negative effect upon your child’s attendance record. Perpetual late comers will receive a letter from school. The Education Welfare Officer will also be informed. Thank you for taking the time to read this Newsletter. Remember: WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER EDUCATION IS VALUABLE Don’t let your child miss out. Encourage regular attendance and punctuality.
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