Mount Pleasant Primary School
Effective schools convey their positive attitude for regular attendance to parents, pupils and teachers. Children quickly then understand that their presence is important. The twice-daily requirement to register pupils can and should be perceived as an opportunity for the school to receive pupils formally from home, and serve as an introduction to the session.
Pupils are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:
- Authorised (Where the school approves pupil absence)
- Unauthorised (Where the school will not approve absence)
If a pupil is absent, parents/careers should call the school on the day of the absence stating a reason. The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence. If authorisation were to be refused, for instance if a pupil was kept off school for a birthday, then the parents would be informed.
Completing the Register
The marking of registers can sometimes become so routine that its importance is lost. However, incomplete or inaccurate registers are unacceptable for several reasons. Registers provide the daily record of the attendance of all pupils; they are documents that may be required in a court of law, for example as evidence in prosecutions for non-attendance at school. They may also contribute to pupil's end of term reports and to records of achievement. For these reasons registers are required to be marked in ink and not easily erased, and all alterations should be visible and explained.
- Red diagonal line to denote presence.
- Black circle to denote unauthorised absence.
- Red circle with correct symbol recorded inside in black for authorised absence - No unmarked sessions.
- No tippex.
- Weekly/termly headings completed.
- Daily and weekly attendance figures are completed via sims
Family Holidays During Term Time
Parents are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for such a holiday, but the school may choose to grant leave of absence of up to 5 days in any school year. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary for longer planned absence. All such cases should be discussed with the Headteacher, as a child who is absent longer than 5 days after an agreed return date, can legally be removed from the school roll.
In considering whether or not to authorise leave for a family holiday, the School will consider each case individually, taking into account a child's overall attendance and the reason for the holiday. Leave of absence forms can be obtained from the school office, and all requests should be submitted to the School Office at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence.
A pupil's absence during term time can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for the lessons building on that after their return. There is a consequent risk of underachievement, which we, and you, must seek to avoid.
All parents are carers will be given the information regarding Penalty Notices. Theses may be issued if pupils are found truanting, if there is inappropriate parentally condoned absence or if excessive holidays are taken in term time. Use of these notices will be restricted to two per pupil per academic year and will always be preceded by a formal warning of a possible issue.
Penalty Notices will only be issued in accordance with Newport City Council's local Code of Conduct.
School begins at 9:00 a.m. and all pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time.
Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action may be taken.
Signing In / Out Book
When a pupil is taken from school during the day then the parent / carer is required to sign the pupil out on leaving and in on return. The book is located at reception.
What can parents do to help?
- Let the school know as soon as possible why your son/daughter is away.
- Send a note child returns to school.
- Try to make appointments outside school time.
- Do not allow your child to have time off school unless it is really necessary.
If you are worried about your child's attendance at school what can you do?
- Talk to your son/daughter; it may be something simple.
- Talk to the class teacher or other school staff.
If it continues....
- The school may refer to the Education Welfare Service.
- You may contact the Education Welfare Officer, who will work with you and the school to resolve the situation. (Number available from the School Office)
- A penalty notice may be issued
Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to equality, including racial equality, for all members of the school community. The school promotes a positive and proactive approach to valuing and respecting diversity, and will not tolerate racial harassment of any kind. Mount Pleasant is committed to providing a curriculum and environment that challenges and extends the learning and opportunities for more able and talented pupils.
Ratified: 26th October 2006
Reviewed: November 2010
To be reviewed: November 2013