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BemptonPrimary School

Attendance

At Bempton School we concentrate very hard on maintaining and improving our attendance and punctuality.  Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year.  Government (DfE) research suggests that 16 days absence or 92% attendance in any one year can equal a full grade drop in attainment and rapidly slows a child's progress.  How does your child's attendance compare with this target? Please remember that children who miss a lot of school achieve even less.

 

ATTENDANCE DURING ONE SCHOOL YEAR EQUALS_DAYS ABSENT WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY_WEEKS ABSENT WHICH MEANS THIS NUMBER OF LESSONS MISSED
95% 9 DAYS 2 WEEKS 50 LESSONS
90% 19 DAYS 4 WEEKS 100 LESSONS
85% 29 DAYS 6 WEEKS 150 LESSONS
80% 38 DAYS 8 WEEKS 200 LESSONS
75% 48 DAYS 10 WEEKS 250 LESSONS
70% 57 DAYS 11.5 WEEKS 290 LESSONS
65% 67 DAYS 13.5 WEEKS 340 LESSONS

 

 

PUNCTUALITY

 

Please ensure your child arrives in good time for registration.  The school gates open at 8.40am and children should be lined up and ready to go into class at 8.50am. For safeguarding purposes the gates are locked at 9.00am and children who arrive after this time should come in to school via the main entrance. 

 

Please give yourselves plenty of time to travel to school and to park your car safely.

 

Registration is open until 9.30am and 1.30pm.  Children who arrived after this time will be registered as an unauthorised absence ('U' code in the register) unless proof of a medical appointment is provided.  Further information on registration and lateness can be found in the Bempton Primary School Attendance Policy.

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ABSENCE

 

Illness

If your child is ill please inform the school be telephone by 9.30am on the morning of absence, giving a reason for absence and an indication of when your child will return to school.

 

Medical, Dental and Hospital Appointments

Please try to make all appointments out of school time in order not to disrupt your child's education.  If this is not possible please try to make appointments as early or as late in the school day as possible. If your child's appointment is in school time please provide a copy of the appointment letter / card to authorise the absence. We can provide a card for the medical practice to stamp which will then be kept on your child's file.

 

Requests for Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly.  If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).  An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head Teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.

 

Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.

 

Where parents do not follow the school's procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.

 

If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school.  If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120.  If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

 

Unfortunately Head Teachers can no longer authorise absence during term time for the purpose of a family holiday.  Only in exceptional circumstances will the school agree to an absence during term time.

 

  Exceptional circumstances include:

  • Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced that the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
  • Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child's rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
  • The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
  • To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.

Where there are exceptional circumstances that fall outside of the above, the Head Teacher will consult with the Principal Education Welfare Officer prior to any authorisation being given to the parent.  Supporting documents must be included with the absence from school for exceptional circumstances form.

 

Further information can be found on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website in the Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances guidance.

 

 

Guidance for Parents - Medical Appointments and Illness (Sept 2017)

WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

Each class has the opportunity to work together to achieve the weekly attendance target and be awarded with a Head Teacher's certificate. 

 

GOLD AWARD SILVER AWARD BRONZE AWARD
98.1+% 97.1% - 98% 96%-97%

 

Certificates are displayed in each class window so that everyone can see how well we are doing.

 

We award individual 100% Attendance certificates termly and annually and display a 'role of honour' of those children who have achieved.

WOULD YOU LIKE SUPPORT

If you are struggling with your child's  attendance or with getting your child to school on time, we can offer support and advice.  If your child's attendance is below expected levels we can work with you to improve this before we are required to make a referral to the local authority. Please contact the school if you have any questions.  We look forward to working in partnership with you.

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