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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 of 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.  School opens at 8.50a.m. and 1.00p.m. for registration. 

 

Further information on lateness can be found in the Bempton Primary School Attendance Policy.

 

ABSENCE

 

ILLNESS

If your child is ill you are required to inform the school by telephone by 9.30a.m. on the first morning of absence, giving a reason for absence and an indication of when your child will return to school.  Absence for sickness is not automatically accepted if your child has a number of absences or if we have been informed that the absence has been for a holiday.

 

MEDICAL, DENTAL AND HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

Please make all appointments out of school time in order not to disrupt your child's education.  If this is not possible we will need to see 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.

 

TERM TIME HOLIDAYS

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 and not for family holidays.  Please inform the school and complete an absence from school for exceptional circumstances request form before any planned absence.  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 and unseen 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.

 

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

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

 

Each class has the opportunity to work together to achieve the attendance target each week and be awarded with a Head Teacher's certificate.  If all classes achieve 98.1+% they will all win a gold 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

 

We monitor each child's attendance daily, weekly, half termly, termly and annually.  We look at patterns of absence and lateness.

 

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 refer it to the Local Authority.  Please contact Miss Fletcher at the school if you would like to ask any questions.  We look forward to working in partnership with you.

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