Melanie Jago is our Family Liaison Worker. She works to improve attendance and follows up absences from school through home visits. You can speak to Melanie direct on 07808 528065.
As attendance is statutory, we all have a duty to ensure that children are in school every day (unless of course, they are very ill). Melanie hopes to work with you in making this possible. Hopefully, by supporting families to ensure that children are attending school regularly, there will be fewer referrals to the Education Welfare Officer.
HOW YOUR CHILD’S ATTENDANCE IS MONITORED
We look at the percentage of your child’s attendance, which will fall into the following zones:
- Green Zone – between 96% – 100% attendance – no action required.
Melanie will contact parents whose child’s attendance is 96% or under to find out if we can support in improving the attendance.
- Amber Zone – 91% – 95% attendance – you will receive a letter to inform you that your child’s attendance has fallen into the amber zone. Absences will not be authorised below 90% without medical evidence.
- Red Zone – below 90% attendance, this will automatically trigger a meeting or a visit from our Family Liaison Officer. Absences will not be authorised for pupils whose attendance falls into the red zone without some medical evidence. A child whose attendance is below 90% is classed by the government as as a persistent absentee.
TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE
We use a text messaging service to contact you when your child is not at school. If your child is absent and we haven’t been informed why, we will send you a text message. You will be able to reply to the text message to advise why your child is away from school. If you do not have a mobile telephone, we will continue to contact you by telephone or letter if necessary. It is very important to keep the school informed of any changes in your contact details as soon as possible.
Please remember that unless your child is ill, they should be in school every day. Please let the school know as soon as possible if your child is unable to come into school.
Some reasons for absence cannot be authorised (according to government guidelines). Examples of these are:
The parent/carer is ill or has a hospital appointment and there is no one to bring the child to school.
The parent/carer doesn’t think the school is open.
Following government guidelines, headteachers cannot grant any leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances. This removes the headteacher’s authority to authorise holidays. Therefore holidays can no longer be authorised.
If a leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday is taken it will be unauthorised.
The regulations do not allow schools to give approval after the leave of absence has been taken. Therefore any leave of absence that has not been applied for in advance will be unauthorised.
Penalty notices are fines between £60 and £120 imposed on parents. Penalty notices may be used where a pupil’s absence has not been authorised by the school. It is therefore very important that you keep us informed of the reason if your child is absent and that no periods of unauthorised leave are taken.
REWARDS FOR GOOD ATTENDANCE
We continue to have a small weekly prize draw for pupils who have attended every day of the previous week. Classes receive a ‘Class of the Week Award’ for the best attendance.
Finally, please help us to help your child by sending him/her to school every day. Every lesson counts. Even a short amount of time away from school will cause your child to fall behind in their work and it will make it difficult for them to catch up. Remember, as a parent or legal guardian you are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school everyday.
Please click on the attached link to see our Attendance Matters Booklet
Please click on the attached link to view our Attendance Policy