Attendance & Absence
Why is attendance and punctuality important?
Good attendance and punctuality is vital if children are to do their best and make good progress.
Research shows that children are much more likely to meet age-related expectations if they have high levels of attendance at school. We therefore aim to promote this from the very start of their school career. This encourages children to form positive attitudes from a young age, which will influence their approach to work and life in later years. If children understand how important good attendance and punctuality is, they will achieve more in school and will develop good habits for the future.
What are our expectations?
It is statutory for children who are age 5 or older to attend school.
This means that all the children in our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes, and the children in our Reception classes who have already had their fifth birthday, must come to school every day. The Government’s minimum standard for a primary school’s attendance is 95.6%, however our expectation is much higher than this as a school, and our attendance target is generally 97% or over. We also work hard to encourage all the 3 and 4-year-old children who attend our Nursery and Reception classes to come to school every day.
Absence from school will be authorised if it is due to illness or medical needs. However, we still encourage children to attend school unless they are very unwell. When children are not attending school because they are ill, parents/carers must inform us every day they are absence , preferably by calling before school starts. If an absence is not reported by a parent then we are duty bound to investigate, and if no reason is given then it becomes an unauthorised absence.
Holidays in term time are not permitted, and the school complies with the national and Tower Hamlets policies where fines are issued to families if children are taken out of school for more than three consecutive days for a holiday or other reason.
All children are expected to be in the playground at 8:50 ready to go into class at 8:55.
Any child arriving at school after 8:55 is late and parents are required to give reasons for lateness and to attend meetings with the Home School support Worker, the Executive Headteacher or Head of School if there is persistent lateness. In accordance with new Tower Hamlets guidelines, fines can now be issued to families arriving late on any 20 days within one term.
What do we do to promote good attendance?
Each week, the overall school attendance is reported and celebrated during assembly. The class with the highest level of attendance that week are given the Attendance Cup and each child within the class is given a special award card. The classes with the highest attendance each half term win a special award. At the end of each term, awards are given to children who have high or much improved attendance.
How do we manage attendance and punctuality?
We work closely with the Local Authority’s Attendance and Welfare Service and we have an Attendance Welfare Advisor (AWA) assigned to our school.
The Attendance Welfare Advisor makes visits every other week to monitor attendance and meet with parents. If there are a significant number of absences, parents are required to meet school staff and the Attendance Welfare Advisor to discuss how this can be improved. Where attendance falls below 95%, children are tracked by the school for the remainder of the academic year. An official referral to the AWA is made if attendance is below 90% at any given time. In cases of serious persistent absences then Courts Orders are issued.
Where children are late on more than 5 occasions in any half-term, parents/carers are required to meet with the Head of School or Executive Headteacher. If parents/carers are having difficulty bringing the child/children to school on time, we will do whatever we can to support them in improving this.
Who is responsible for monitoring and improving attendance and punctuality?
Katie, our Assistant Head Teacher, Ayesha Taylor our School Home Support Worker and Paul Hankin our Office Manager, are responsible for attendance and punctuality in school.
Emdad Rahman is the Attendance Welfare Advisor assigned to the school by the Local Authority for this academic year.