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 excellent 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 every day and arrive on time.

Our aim for attendance for the 2017/2018 academic year is 97%.

What should I do if my child is absent from school?

  • Contact the school office on the first morning 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’s appointments should, where possible, be made outside of school hours or, if this is not possible, at the very end of the school day.

Illness

If your child is absent from school due to illness, please notify the office on the first day of absence (before 9:10 am, as dinner figures need to be given to the kitchen by 9:30 am).  

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 (unless they are registered for the Breakfast Club). 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 Reception and Key Stage 1 will need to be collected by an adult.

Drop off on Time

Children are able to access their classroom from 8.50 am via their classroom doors.  The school bell will ring at 9 am, when all pupils are expected to be in school, in order that they can be ready for registration at 9 am prompt.  All classroom doors are locked at 9 am 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.

Late Arrival at School

If your child arrives at school late (after the bell at 9 am), they will only be able to access the building via the main entrance due to all other doors being locked for security reasons.  They must report to the office to ensure they are marked in the relevant registers and to give an explanation for their lateness. All late arrivals are logged in a ‘late book’ for the Early Intervention Officer.

Pick up on Time

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 3:30 pm, 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/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.

100% Attendance

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, and as such any absences (for family holiday or extended leave) will be classed as unauthorised and may result in a fine being issued. School holidays amount to a total of 14 weeks per year, and we would, therefore, expect that holidays are arranged during these weeks.

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

How You Can Help Improve Attendance:

  • 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 during school holidays.
  • Check the school website and newsletters for term dates when planning holidays.

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.

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.
  • 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 a 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.

Please note your child risks losing their school place if they are absent (unauthorised) from school for a protracted period of time.

The School Timetable

Please note there are some changes to the timetables to accommodate changes to break and/or lunch times for some year groups.

Reception (EYFS)

8.50

9.00

9.00 -

11.40

11.40 -

12.40

12.40 -

15.30

15.30

 

Children may enter the classroom

 

Registration

 

Lesson;

a break is incorporated into the morning

 

 

Lunch

Break

 

 

Lesson;

a break is incorporated into the afternoon

 

 

End

of

Day

 

Key Stage 1

8.50

9.00

9.00 - 10.30

10.30 -

10.50

10.50 -

11.50

11.50 -

12.35

12.35 -

13.45

13.45 -

14.05

14.05 -

15.05

15.05 - 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 -

12.25

(Yr 3)

12.40

(Yr 4-6)

12.25

(Yr 3) 12.40

(Yr 4-6) - 13.30

13.30 - 15.05

15.05 -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 (please refer to the Complaints Procedure Policy).

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