We would like to emphasise the important role you play in promoting your child’s attendance. A positive relationship between home and school is essential in promoting excellent attendance and punctuality. The vast majority of children at St Anne's have excellent attendance. School will always help and support families who may be struggling with this aspect of school life.
What school expects from our families:
The school day starts at 8.45am for all children.
Classroom doors are open from 8.45am through to 8.55am each morning to enable our teachers to welcome their children into school. Bells will signal these times. This is an important pastoral time at the start of the day. Operating a ten minute window also reduces congestion on site ensuring the safety of our children as they arrive at school.
If your child arrives after 8.55am they will need to enter school via the main office. If they arrive after 9.20am they will be marked as 'late after registers have closed' and this means that they are deemed to have been absent for the session. This is recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Parents and children are reminded to use the correct footpaths when entering school and not to walk down the main driveway.
At our school we aim for 100% attendance. When the attendance of an individual child falls below 96%, school will start to monitor more closely the amount of time that child has had off school and the reasons behind the absence. School will work together with families to try to imporve attendance. If this is not possible, school may use strategies such as parenting contracts, attendance panels and referrals to the local authority attendance team in order to support parents in improving attendance.
The Department for Education has determined that from September 2015, a pupil becomes a persistent absentee when their attendance falls below 90%. When attendance nears this level children have already missed significant amounts of schooling; meaning that their educational progress is at risk. We need parents' full support in ensuring that attendance does not reach this level. Parents may be asked to attend an Attendance Panel meeting to discuss their child’s attendance.
Leave in Term Time
Changes to Regulation which came into force on September 1st 2013 have limited the extent to which Headteachers can authorise leave of absence for pupils during term time.
Requests for leave in term time:
In considering the request we will also look at various factors such as:
Any period of exceptional leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a penalty notice.
Holidays will not be authorised in term time.