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Attendance

ATTENDANCE - EVERY DAY COUNTS !

 

One of the most important things you can do for your child’s future is to make sure they attend school, on time, every day!

 

ATTENDANCE REWARDS

 

Each term, the KS1 and KS2 classes with the highest attendance for the term, receive a reward.  The range of rewards have been voted by the Student Council, who have discussed ideas for the incentives with their peers.   The rewards are bespoke to the class and range from a movie afternoon, extra time outside, an extra session with a sporting coach and 'free time'.

 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

 

All children with 100% attendance each week go into a lucky dip draw and one winner from each class will be drawn. They can then choose from a selection of 100% prizes!

 

ATTENDANCE CELEBRATIONS 

 

Each term we celebrate children who have 100% attendance and children with outstanding attendance of 98% and above. They all receive a special badge and come to the front of our celebration assembly for a big round of applause!

 

At the end of the school year children with 100% attendance receive a special badge and take part in an extra special treat. Last year, the children chose to go out for lunch and this year, they took part in an amazing Lego Day!

 

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL 

 

If your child is unable to attend school we would ask that you contact school by telephone on the morning of the first day of absence.  We have an answer phone and your message will be picked up from there.  It is really important we know where your child is if they are not in school. School telephone number 0114 2692301.        

 

We would ask that whenever possible you try to make appointments outside of school hours.  If an appointment during school time is necessary, please let the school know in advance.  Children must always be collected by an adult from school, as children are not allowed to leave the school premises alone during the school day.

 

EXCEPTIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS

 

Parents and carers requesting exceptional leave during term time should complete a request form (available from the main school office or download from this website) and return to the school office a minimum of 20 days in advance of the leave.  A decision will be made by the school within 10 days.  Leave will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

 

Please click below for a copy of the policy.  If the requested leave is not authorised, and the child is still taken out of school, the parent/carer may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. Click here for more information and a request form.

LATENESS

 

Naturally, we hope that children will arrive at school on time and be registered in their classrooms at 8.45 a.m. On occasions when this is not possible we would always rather that a child be late, rather than absent for the whole day. If a child arrives later than 8.45 a.m. they should enter school via the main entrance and inform the office, so that they can be entered on the attendance and lunchtime registers.

 

If you have any difficulties surrounding attendance please speak to Fiona Barry, Deputy Headteacher.  We may be able to help.

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