At Inglehurst Infant School we firmly believe that:
Every Day Matters
Missing School Means missing out!
Working together we can improve attendance.
There is a clear link between attendance and achievement. Missing school is missing important learning. This time can never be made up and is the most important factor in a child reaching their full potential. 90% attendance for the year means your child has lost four weeks (20 days) of school learning. Our whole school target for attendance is 97% and we expect all children to attend school 100% of the time if they are well.
What we will do:
- We will do our best to contact you on the first day of absence by telephone or text.
- We will contact you if we have any concerns over attendance or punctuality.
- We will reward good and improving attendance. We give awards to pupils with 100% attendance.
- We give weekly class attendance awards.
- We will support you in promoting good attendance and punctuality.
- We will support you if you contact us about issues that may be impacting on your child’s attendance. We will do our best and work with you to help find a solution to the problem.
- We may ask you to provide medical evidence for absences, this can be a named dated and stamped appointment card, copy of a prescription or medicine bottle or packaging with the dispensing labelling still attached.
- We will monitor all attendance that falls below 95% and any attendance containing unauthorised absences.
- We may call to your home if we have been unable to contact you or are concerned.
- The Education Welfare Officer will get involved with persistent absentees and lateness.
- If we have no reasons for periods of absence will be unable to authorise them.
What you should do:
- Bring your child to school on time every day.
- Encourage your child to attend school and explain to them the importance of attendance.
- Understand the relationship between attendance and achievement.
- Support us in our work to improve attendance and punctuality by responding promptly to phone messages and letters regarding absence.
- Contact us on 0116 2622479, come into reception, send a note or email in the morning if your child is absent.
- Reply to our messages and texts.
- Keep us informed if your child is absent.
- Do your best to keep medical and dental appointments outside of school times.
- Only book family holidays during school holidays.
The law makes it clear that only a school can authorise absence. It is a parent ‘s legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and provides any medical evidence requested.
10 Tips for Parents to help ensure their child attends school regularly:
- Help your child to get their book bag ready the night before school
- Make sure their uniform is ready for the following day
- Make sure your child goes to bed at a reasonable time
- Set the alarm clock early enough to allow plenty of time to get ready
- Make sure that your child has some breakfast
- Leave for school with plenty of time to spare so your child is not late
- Check to make sure that they have everything they need - book bag, drinks bottle, PE kit, etc
- If you are concerned about anything happening in school, speak to the class teacher
- Ask your child about what they have been learning at school each day
- If your child is unhappy at school contact the school straight away