Attendance and punctuality is strongly encouraged and is highly important to your child’s education. Every minute of every lesson of every day counts towards your child’s achievement. Children only get once chance at school, so it is important that they attend school and arrive on time every day. We actively promote excellent attendance: class attendance and punctuality are displayed on newsletters to show children and parents how well they are doing; termly attendance certificates are given out as well as stickers to individuals to encourage reluctant attendees to attend school.
Attendance is monitored weekly, and this information is fed back to the Senior Leadership Team and Pastoral Team who meet half-termly. All attendance issues are followed up. Governors receive attendance information on a termly basis.
Is there a link between progress and attendance?
Most children at Cherry Orchard achieve 95% to 100% attendance. Evidence shows that attendance below 95% will potentially damage your child’s outcomes from school.
90% attendance means your child is missing 4 weeks in the year.
By the time they leave primary school they will have lost a full year of their education!
80% attendance means your child is missing more than half a term each year.
Over the child’s whole school career they will miss over 2 whole school years!
What about absences?
There may be times when your child has to miss school because she or he is ill. Please notify us of this on the first day (and every subsequent day) of absence – 0121 554 0862 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If there are patterns of sickness, we may work with your child, you and other health professionals to try to resolve these issues. Children may be offered medical or dental appointments in school time. Please try where possible to make routine appointments such as dental check-ups during the school holidays or after school hours, however, the school does understand that for hospital appointments these can be difficult to be re-arranged.
If you think you might need to take your child out of school, discuss the reasons with the school as early as possible. Reasons such as family bereavement would be acceptable for short absences. Unacceptable reasons for missing school include shopping and birthdays.
Holidays in Term Time
All holidays requested in term time will be unauthorised, unless they meet the DFE and Birmingham criteria for exceptional circumstances. The school has the option of fining parents if holidays are taken during school time.
What does the law say?
By law, all children of compulsory school age must get a suitable, full-time education. As a parent/carer, you are responsible for making sure this happens. Once your child is registered at Cherry Orchard Primary School, you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. The school must contact the LA if a pupil’s attendance is of concern. FAST-track to Attendance is the legal process schools should use to tackle ongoing unauthorised absence. The Leave in Term Time (Legal) Process is for cases of unauthorised leave in term time of 10 days or more or 4 days of continuous G codes and 12 sessions of other unauthorised absence prior to that
LAs and schools can use various legal powers if your child is missing school without a good reason. They can give you:
- a Parenting Order
- an Education Supervision Order
- a School Attendance Order
- a fine (sometimes known as a ‘penalty notice’)
You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence up to 3 months. The court also gives you a Parenting Order.
What can you do to help?
Make sure your child arrives at school on time every day. Get your child’s uniform and everything they need ready the night before.
Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of them missing school and be on the alert for any particular reasons for non-attendance, such as friendship issues or problems with school work, please discuss these with your child's class teacher or the pastoral team as early as possible.