Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance at school by children of compulsory school age is a legal requirement. We have very high standards for attendance and we pride ourselves on being one of the top primary schools in Blackpool for attendance and punctuality. We expect all children to attend school each day on time unless they are ill. Broken weeks due to repeated absences and persistent absence (less than 90% attendance) seriously disrupt children’s learning.
We have a comprehensive series of rewards in the form of certificates, mascots, stickers and trophies, for both individuals and classes, which encourage the children to attend school regularly and arrive on time each day. We also have a 100% Club which children join each term if they have no absences and no late marks. Our weekly newsletters keep parents and carers informed about attendance and punctuality in school.
We are legally required to record all children’s absences as either authorised or unauthorised. Only the school can authorise absence from school; parents and carers cannot authorise absence from the school. School does not authorise an absence due to illness for any child whose attendance rate is less than 93% without first obtaining medical evidence. Such evidence could be an appointment card for the doctor, the hospital or the walk-in centre, the back of a prescription or a medication bottle/box prescribed by a medical practitioner.
If your child is late for any reason they should enter school through the main front door and report to the School Office as the children’s doors will all be closed for security reasons. Their name will be entered into the Late Book.
Please try to make dental and doctors’ appointments out of school hours or in school holidays wherever possible so that your child’s learning is not disrupted during the school day.
We strongly discourage parents and carers from removing their children from school for holidays in term time. This is well known to have a detrimental effect on children’s learning and progress. As of 1st September 2013 schools can no longer authorise holidays in school time. (Previously schools could authorise up to 10 days in any school year.)
In order to meet our safeguarding responsibilities we ask that parents and carers who do choose to take a holiday in school time complete a ‘holiday form’ which can be obtained from the School Office, informing us of the dates on which their child will not be attending school; a copy of the form will then be returned to you.
In July 2015, the Governing Board of our school agreed that, as of September 2015, penalty notices for non-attendance may be issued in cases of unauthorised absence. The circumstances in which a penalty notice may be issued include:
- Parentally condoned absence
- Unauthorised leave i.e. holidays taken in term time
- Unwarranted delayed return from authorised leave
- Persistent late arrival after the register has closed
Please click on the link below to download our Attendance & Punctuality Policy.