At Yatton Schools we believe that good attendance is important for a pupil to have the best chance to attain well and make the best possible progress. We know that for children to gain the greatest benefit from their education, they need to attend school regularly and every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is absolutely unavoidable. Those pupils with good attendance tend to make better progress, both academically and socially; regular absence can lead to a considerable amount of lost learning and may seriously affect a child’s progress. Poor attendance can also sometimes affect a child’s social and emotional development, including the maintaining of friendships.
We monitor attendance levels of all pupils regularly. If your child’s absence rate becomes a concern, we will contact you to remind you of the importance of good attendance; we may wish to discuss with you ways we can reduce absences and see if there is anything we can do to help. We do acknowledge that each family’s circumstances are different and that there are often very valid reasons for a child’s absence – of course, there are clearly times when a child is so poorly they should not be in school. We are just asking you to consider carefully whether your child really needs to be off school and support us in valuing good attendance. We always explore ways to work with parents/carers to encourage good attendance; however, if attendance continues to be a concern, the Education Welfare Officer may become involved and further steps taken to ensure appropriate levels of attendance are achieved.
These processes are explained in more depth in the Attendance Policy adopted by LSP schools – see link below.
If you have any concerns or need support with attendance issues please speak to your child’s class teacher or to Mr Heywood who oversees attendance in the schools.
Informing us of a child’s absence
If a child is going to be absent, parents/carers must contact the school office by 9.30am at the latest on the day of absence, explaining the clear, specific reasons for the absence. A message can be left on the school answerphone. It is very important that we are made aware of why a child is absent so that we know they are safe.
Arriving late is really unsettling for children – it can also be highly disruptive to their learning and to the rest of the class. Please help your child to have a great start to the day by arriving on time for registration in the morning, ready to learn. Often, important information is shared at the beginning of the school day, which when missed may cause difficulties for the child in trying to catch up. In line with our attendance policy we closely monitor punctuality.
We would like to remind you that in the Junior School the classroom doors are opened at 8:50 ready for registration prompt at 8:55. In the Infant School, the doors are opened at 8:55. Please note that the gates are locked at 9:05 a.m. Any children arriving later than this will need to come through the main school entrance.
Holidays in term time
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, following amendments to the law, we are no longer allowed to authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. Requests for absence relating to exceptional significant family events or circumstances will be considered on an individual basis – see the Attendance Policy for more information on which events may or cannot be considered as ‘exceptional’.
If absence is taken without permission, this will be recorded as unauthorised in the school register and on the school attendance records. In such situations, the school has the option of requesting that a Penalty Notice is issued.
Leave taken without a request being made in advance is likely to be classed as an unauthorised absence and, where there are 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence in a 6 month period, this is very likely to result in the request for a Penalty Notice. Other unauthorised absence amounting to 10 or more sessions over the time period is also likely to lead to a Penalty Notice.
Please read the LSP Attendance Policy for more information.