Attendance & Punctuality


Education is the most important gift we can give our children and a day lost is one day too many. At Ladybridge, we believe that regular attendance is linked directly to raising achievement and helps develop skills for life. Please support the school in its aim to raise the achievement of your child by ensuring that they attend school regularly and arrive on time.

We understand that children do get sick and we are not asking you to send your children to school when they are unwell, but we are asking you to ensure they return to school as soon as they are able to do so.

Our aim for attendance for the 2016/2017 academic year is 97%.

For 2015/16 attendance = 96.5% (authorised absence = 3.0%; unauthorised absence = 1.5%)

 

A large amount of time is dedicated to monitoring attendance by the office staff. Some attendance initiatives are listed below: -

  • We have a first day response, therefore each parent is called if their child is absent and we have not heard from them. 
  • 100% class attendance certificates are given each week to classes.
  • 100% individual attendance certificates are given out at the end of each year.
  • Children with 97% attendance or above will take part in a celebration event and non-uniform day.
  • Referrals to Early Intervention Officer and School Nurse when required.
  • All unauthorised absences will be monitored and will lead to parents being fined by the Early Intervention Service (more information/leaflets are available from the school office).

What Counts as Unauthorised Absence?

  • Any absence from school that the school has not permitted or cannot give permission for.
  • Truancy from school, with or without parent’s knowledge (including pupils found during truancy sweeps).
  • Inappropriate parentally-condoned absence (i.e. you know your child is absent from school and you do nothing about it).
  • Late arrival at school (after the register has closed).
  • Term time holidays.

What Should I Do if My Child is Absent from School?

  • Contact the School Office on the first morning (before 9:10am as dinner figures need to be given to the kitchen at 9:30 am) of absence to notify us of the reason for absence.
  • Medical documentation may be requested for any absence from parents of children who are frequently absent from school because of minor illnesses or absence immediately adjacent to a school holiday. They may also be offered a meeting with the School Nurse.
  • Provide medical documentation (e.g. letters/appointment cards) in advance of any medical appointments (e.g. hospital/dentist). Routine dental check- ups or non-emergency doctor appointments should, where possible, be made outside of school hours or, if this is not possible, at the very beginning or end of the school day.

Holiday Absence

We expect every pupil to strive for 100% attendance; this is to ensure children experience the best and most consistent form of school life and learning. At school we will reward individual pupils, as well as whole classes, who achieve 100% attendance. At home, we ask that families do all they can to ensure excellent attendance; this is with particular regard to ensuring that all holidays are booked out of term-time.

Parents do not have the legal right to take children out of school on holiday. (School holidays amount to a total of fourteen weeks per year and we would, therefore, expect that holidays are arranged during these weeks.)  

Government regulation changes highlight that head teachers may now only grant a leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. Family holiday and extended leave are now classed as unauthorised.

How you can help:

  •     Make sure your child understands the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
  •     Don’t let your child miss school for minor ailments.
  •     Arrange appointments and outings after school hours or at weekends or school holiday.
  •     Check the school calendar on the website and newsletters for term dates when planning holidays.

We reserve the right to arrange an appointment with the school’s attendance officer should we believe it necessary.

Exit Permits

We do encourage parents to make appointments (i.e. dentist, doctors) outside of school hours to reduce disruption to learning.  However, we appreciate that in certain circumstances there is no alternative but to take your child out of school i.e. hospital appointments.  If you need an exit permit to cover an appointment, please take your appointment card/letter to the school office as soon as possible and at least 24 hours prior to the appointment.  This enables the relevant documentation to be prepared.

Early Arrival at School

Please note that school staff are not responsible for your children until they enter the school building at 8.50 am. It would be appreciated if children were not left unattended in the school grounds before this time, as school staff cannot guarantee their safety. This also applies at the end of the school day; once children leave the class it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child’s safety. Please note that all children in Key Stage 1 will need to be collected by an adult.

Late Arrival at School

We expect all children to be on time. Children are able to access their classroom from 8.50am via their classroom doors. The school bell will ring at 9.00am, when all pupils are expected to be in school in order that they can be ready for registration at 9.00 am.  All classroom doors will be locked at 9.00am prompt.  If your child arrives after the doors are locked, they are expected to go to the main entrance to ensure the office staff are able to add them to the class registers and for security reasons.  They must give an explanation for their lateness.  All late arrivals are logged for the Early Intervention Officer.

Late Pick Up from School

We expect every pupil to be picked up on time at the end of the school day. If you are going to be late collecting your child from school at 3.30pm, please contact the school office so we can ensure your child remains safe.  If your child is left uncollected, every effort will be made to contact you or other emergency contacts.  If we are unable to contact anyone / or don’t hear from you by 4.30 pm then Social Services will be contacted, to ensure that safe child care arrangements can be made for your child.

The School Timetable

Key Stage 1

8.50

9.00

9.00 – 10.15

10.15 -

10.30

10.30-

12.10

12.10-

13.10

13.10-

14.00

14.00 -

14.15

14.15-

15.00

15.00 – 15.25

15.30

Children may enter the classroom

 

Registration

 

Lesson

 

Morning

Break

 

 

Lesson

 

 

Lunch

Break

 

 

Lesson

 

 

Break

 

 

Lesson

Collective Worship

End

Of

Day

 

Key Stage 2

8.50

9.00

9.00 – 10.30

10.30 -

10.50

10.50-

12.30

12.30-

13.25

13.25-

15.00

15.00 – 15.25

15.30

Children may enter the classroom

 

Registration

 

Lesson

 

Morning

Break

 

 

Lesson

 

 

Lunch

Break

 

 

Lesson

 

Collective Worship

End

Of

Day

                     

Severe Weather Procedures

A decision to close the school will take into consideration the severity of the local weather, the roads and pathways which may make access particularly difficult, and the ability of staff to get to school. 

If the school has to close due to severe weather, this will be:

  • Displayed on the local authority website
  • A ‘tweet’ will also be displayed on the school website
  • A text message will be sent out by school as soon as any decision is made
  • Tower FM Radio (107.4 FM) will try to provide regular bulletins as to which schools will be closed and also list closures on their website

If there is heavy snow during the daytime, then early closure may be appropriate, to ensure that all children and staff are able to get home safely. If this is the case, then parents/carers will be contacted using the emergency contact details we have in school. If you think these may be out of date, please contact the school office as soon as possible with any new details.

School Trips

School trips are an important part of learning at Ladybridge and parents will be asked to contribute towards the cost. However, if possible, we will always aim to subsidise the costs. As always, all money sent in should be clearly labelled.  

'Open Door' Policy - How we Handle Complaints (and Compliments!)

Good communication and positive relationships between school and home are important to us, and we aim to keep you fully informed and involved. However, if a concern arises, please contact us immediately so we can resolve it as quickly as possible. The vast majority of concerns can be resolved in this way, however any that require further investigation are dealt with through our complaints procedure.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy at Ladybridge. Should you have any concerns, for example about your child’s learning, please see a member of staff as soon as possible, so that the problem can be discussed and rectified.  As the start and end of the day are quite busy, if you feel you need a more in-depth discussion with the teacher, please make an appointment.

Please feel assured that should we have any concerns about your child we will share them with you at the earliest opportunity. 

Attendance Matters - Make Every Day Count