Attendance

At Park Junior School we believe that good attendance is essential if our children are to take full advantage of school life and gain the educational and social skills which will equip them for their futures. It is important too, that children arrive at and leave school on time.

Our school aims to achieve good attendance by working in partnership with staff, children, parents and our Education Welfare Officer. We shall monitor attendance and work to solve quickly any identified problems so that absence and lateness are kept to a minimum.

All staff will encourage good attendance and punctuality. Where there are difficulties our Home School Link Worker will liaise with families and other agencies when this is appropriate. In addition our in-school attendance officer, Sarah Reis, retains close links with the Educational Welfare Officer and truancy teams. At Park Junior School good attendance and punctuality are seen as achievements in their own right.

School Absence Guidance For Parents/Carers Leaflet

Attendance Guidance For Parents/Carers Leaflet

AT PARK JUNIOR SCHOOL WE AIM TO:

  • Promote good attendance and punctuality as the norm.
  • Help every child to reach their maximum potential unhindered by unnecessary breaks in their school life.
  • Demonstrate that good attendance and punctuality are valued by our school.
  • Maintain a pattern of monitoring attendance and punctuality that ensures consistency throughout our school.
  • Communicate with parents/Carers in relation to their children’s attendance and punctuality.
  • Continue regular contact with our Education Welfare Officer.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Lessons begin promptly at 8.55 am and at 12.55pm.

Registers must be marked at the beginning of each half day session. Children who are absent or late will be noted.

Arrangements for the recording of lateness

Children who arrive after the close of the register must report to the school office where their name and time of arrival will be noted in the lateness book. If there is a valid reason for lateness, e.g. doctor’s appointment, this may then be authorised, but children/parents who fail to provide an adequate explanation for the lateness must be marked as late for that session.

Authorised/Unauthorised Absence

  • Parents/Carers are asked to inform our school on the first day of their children’s absence by written note, verbal message or phone call. We operate a ‘First Day Absence Call’ system if no message has been received by 10.00am. It’s important for Parents/Carers to realise that not all reasons for absence may be regarded as valid and consequently may not be authorised.
  • Absence may be authorised for illness, hospital appointments, school visits/attending interviews, for religious reasons, or for unavoidable circumstances such as bereavement, moving house or serious emergency.
  • Routine dentist or doctor appointments should be made, as far as possible, outside of the school day.
  • If the teacher is concerned that the absence may not be due to the reason given they should then inform either the in-school attendance officer or Head Teacher who may need to discuss the matter with the parent/carer and/or the EWO.

Parents/carers of children who are consistently late or whose attendance is perceived to be poor will be referred to our Head Teacher to discuss strategies for improvement.

HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME

There are thirteen weeks of school holidays each year (a quarter of the year) and we firmly believe that family holidays should be taken during these times. In very exceptional circumstances a child may be entitled to two weeks holiday a year outside of these times, usually due to medical needs within the family or particularly challenging work arrangements, but this is strictly at the discretion of the Head Teacher and, as a school, we strongly discourage additional holidays as they lead to children becoming behind with their learning.

PROCEDURES FOR COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS

  • Prior to children joining our Y3 classes all parents/carers are sent an information pack, part of which emphasises the importance of good attendance and punctuality. This is also emphasised at the meeting to which all parents/carers are invited prior to their children joining the school.
  • Parents/carers of children who join our school in different year groups have individual meeting with the Head Teacher where, again, the importance of good attendance and punctuality are emphasised.
  • Our attendance statistics are reported to parents/carers via the monthly newsletter and successes of particular classes.
  • Individual yearly attendance figures for children are sent to parents/carers as part of the end of year reports.
  • Early intervention with parents/carers of children causing concern is important so that any problems can be sorted out at an early stage in order that good attendance or punctuality is not compromised.

REWARDING GOOD ATTENDANCE

We want to reward our children for good attendance and punctuality so they understand the importance of both in order to take full advantage of the education on offer to them.

  • Children with 100% attendance over a year will be presented with a certificate

By working together in partnership, we hope to promote even better attendance and punctuality for our children, which in turn, should lead to increased achievement and the ability for our children to more easily reach their full potential.

Outstanding 100% - 99%  
Good 98% - 97%  
Satisfactory 96% - 95% 2 SCHOOL WEEKS OF LOST LEARNING
Unsatisfactory 94% - 90% 4 SCHOOL WEEKS OF LOST LEARNING
Totally Unacceptable 89% - 76% 8 SCHOOL WEEKS OF LOST LEARNING
Neglect 75% - 70% 12 SCHOOL WEEK OF LOST LEARNING

Attendance 2016-17

ClassSep16Oct16Nov16Dec16Jan17Feb17Mar17Apr17May17June17Jul17
3AE  97.59%  96.90%  96.27%  95.30%  97.23%  96.81%  97.14%  99.64%  94.08%  93.42%  
3C  96.26%  96.27%  96.40% 96.30%   97.69%  97.11%  96.53%  94.00%  96.96%  94.17%  
4L  97.08%  96.08%  95.51%  95.79%  94.12%  99.33%  96.57%  95.91%  94.26%  94.85%  
4W  95.38%  95.43%  95.18%  94.07%  93.47%  95.63%  96.30%  97.77%  93.69%  90.20%  
5J  98.52%  98.04%  97.65%  96.87%  95.83%  97.21%  97.52%  97.31%  97.06% 95.95%  
5K  97.09%  97.42%  96.51%  96.31%  96.40%  95.29%  96.09%  96.80%  92.42%  96.74%  
6L  96.85%  96.95%  96.91%  96.87%  96.70%  98.47%  96.67%  93.57%  92.01%  97.93%  
6R  96.06%  96.66%  97.00%  96.71%  96.40%  97.00%  96.44%  94.40%  96.11%  97.05%  
Winner  5J  5J  5J  5J & 6L  3C  4L  5J  3AE  3C  6L  

 

Attendance 2015-16

ClassSep15Oct15Nov15Dec15Jan16Feb16Mar16Apr16May16June16Jul16
3J  96.1%  96.34%  95.57%  94.77%  95.10%  94.73%  94.19%  94.21%  94.11%  93.78%  93.58
3C  97.7%  95.90%  94.94%  94.86% 94.41%  94.14%  93.35%  93.79%  93.97%  94.39%  94.42
4C  97.5%  97.09%  96.72%  96.47%  96.72%  96.60%  96.51%  96.66%  96.66%  96.33%  96.19
4W  96.2%  96.73%  96.79%  96.33% 95.95%  95.72%  94.92%  95.00%  95.39%  95.47%  95.44
5J  98.5%  97.42%  96.64%  96.84% 96.78%  96.31%  95.90%  96.08%  95.89%  95.74%  95.88
5K  98.4%  98.20%  98.05%  97.65%  96.86%  96.51%  96.15%  96.42%  96.44%  96.14%  96.03
6L  95.1%  94.51%  95.38%  95.11%  94.99%  94.59%  94.77%  94.88%  94.98%  95.25%  95.24
6R  96.9%  95.60%  95.96%  94.77%  93.89%  93.65%  93.44%  93.55%  93.74% 93.76%   95.59
Winner  5J  5K  5K  5K  5K  4C  4C  4C  4C  4C  4C

Attendance 2014-15

ClassSep14Oct14Nov14Dec14Jan15Feb15Mar15Apr15May15Jun15Jul15
3J 97.45% 96.9% 94.4% 96.28% 96.04% 95.99% 96.27% 96.16% 96.15% 96.08%  96.00%
3C 99.36% 98.30% 94.7% 96.92% 96.37% 96.14% 96.20% 96.37% 96.44% 96.57%  96.71%
4C 96.77% 96.8% 95.8% 96.15% 95.68% 95.54% 95.40% 95.38% 95.30% 95.46%  95.57%
4W 96.85% 96.8% 96.9% 96.43% 96.72% 96.55% 96.50% 96.71% 96.60% 96.51%  96.57%
5J 94.62% 94.50% 95.7% 94.54% 94.23% 93.99% 93.99% 94.03% 94.19% 94.25%  94.35%
5R 97.17% 95.50% 95.7% 94.48% 94.11% 93.79% 93.46% 93.52% 93.14% 93.28%  93.33%
6L 94.05% 95.10% 95.5% 95.45% 95.25% 95.20% 95.52% 95.70% 95.77% 95.62%  95.98%
6R 95.43% 94.80% 97.3% 95.69% 95.68% 95.60% 96.24% 96.44% 96.25% 96.26%  96.34%
Winner 3C 3C 6L 3C 4W 4W 4W 4W 4W 3C  3C