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Attendance

Discussions with pupils indicate that they love attending school. “Attendance is above  average”. Parents say that their children do not struggle to wake up and attend school; and wish it could be open every day (Ofsted 2016).  Being at school every day has a hugely beneficial effect, not only on the achievement and progress of children, but in helping them maintain good friendships. Of course, from time to time, children may be unwell but the expected attendance rate at Stanburn is at  least 97%.

At the end of each half term children with 100% attendance are acknowledged and congratulated in the last merit assembly of that half term. The class with the best attendance in each key stage is awarded with a certificate and a cup.

Bi-weekly newsletters announce the class(es) with the best attendance for each fortnight to ensure that the importance and status of exemplary attendance is brought to the community’s attention. At the end of the year, those children with 100% attendance are presented with a special certificate and a prize. Children achieving attendance of 98% or higher are also given a certificate of merit.

Children with an attendance rate of under 90% are classified as persistent absentees and the Deputy Headteacher for Attendance, who closely monitors all absences, may ask to meet with parents/carers to see if there is anything the school can do to facilitate better attendance at school.

Note: The figures used are those generated by the school’s computer information system and are based on morning and afternoon registration data.

Absence from School

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please contact us by telephone before 9.15am on the first day of absence giving a full explanation for their absence so that their absence may be authorised. If your child is off for more than one day please continue to update the school on a daily basis.
It would be appreciated if all appointments could be made out of school hours but we understand that this may not always be possible. If medical appointments have to be made during school time, please write to your child’s class teacher giving notification of the appointment time and when your child will be collected. You may be asked to show evidence of these appointments.

Request for Leave of Absence

Parents are strongly discouraged from taking their children out of school for any purpose during term time. However, there are times when this is unavoidable i.e. religious observance, bereavement, examination/interviews for a new school, representing country/county at a national event etc., for which leave of absence will need to be applied for and evidence shown to support the application.

The School is not able to authorise holidays taken during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. parents are members of the armed forces, police etc.) where holiday times are allocated by the organisation (evidence will be required). All requests will be considered by the Deputy Headteacher for Attendance and an appointment may need to be made for you to discuss the leave of absence. Please note that any unauthorised absence of more than 4 days will be referred to the Local Authority for them to consider whether an Educational Penalty Notice should be issued.