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Attend Today and Achieve Tomorrow


                                                                                  The School Day


                                              Here at The Radstone the children complete 32.5 hours of learning a week. 

                      Please be punctual on your arrival for school.

 As a school we aim to

Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 96% - this is the national average.  
Maintain parents’ and pupils awareness of the importance of regular attendance.

Arriving late in school 
It is important to be on time as the first few minutes of the school day are often used to give out          instructions or organise schoolwork for the rest of the day.  If your child misses this short but vital session, their work for the whole day may be affected.  Late arrivals are disruptive to the whole class and often embarrassing for your child. Arrival after the close of registration may be marked as unauthorised absence in line with DfE guidance. 

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell.
There are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't. If you do keep your child at home, it's important to call us on the first day of absence. Let us know that your child won't be in and please give the reason. If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, let their teacher know.

Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school until 48 hours after the last occurrence of symptoms to avoid spreading an infection. The Radstone Primary School reserves the right to contact parents and request children are sent home if we suspect a child may have had an episode of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours.

Why does attendance matter?
Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school and will set them up with good routines for later life and the working world, as well as giving your child the opportunity to:

Make lots of friends and feel included;

Learn new things and develop new skills;

Increase confidence and self-esteem;

Improve social skills;

Achieve potential and fulfil aspirations

 As a parent you can help us by:
Ringing on the first morning of all absences (by 10:00am) with the reason and saying when the child will be returning to school.
Arranging non urgent dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school breaks.
Keeping us updated by telephone, email or letter if your child has an extended period of absence due to illness.

We shall:
Follow up unexplained absences by a phone call on the first day of unexplained absence.
Acknowledge and reward exemplary attendance.
Report your child’s attendance rate on his/her and annual school report.
Let you know if we have concerns regarding your child’s attendance.

90% Attendance
A child who attends school for 90% of the time is absent from school for the equivalent of one half day a week. Over a school year they would miss  almost four weeks (19 days) of lessons. If this attendance continued throughout eleven years of schooling, the equivalent of 209 days of school would have been missed, more than one complete year of school!

Our target for each child is a minimum of 96%, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

By law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.  

Authorised Absence
Some absences are allowed by law and are known as “authorised absences”. For example: if a child is ill, family bereavement, religious observance. We realise that there are rare occasions when there might be a particular problem that causes your child to be absent. Please let us know and we shall try to deal with it sympathetically. 

Unauthorised Absence
There are times when children are absent for reasons, which are not permitted by law.  These are known as “unauthorised absences”. Examples of unauthorised absence are: 

Waiting for a delivery

Going for a family day out

Sleeping in after a late night

Going shopping or for a hair cut

Because it is your child’s birthday

Unapproved holidays

Where there is no explanation for the absence or where the explanation or reason is considered unsatisfactory

Term Time Leave of Absence
We are always concerned about the amount of school time pupils’ miss as a result of family holidays. There is no entitlement to time off in term time.  Leave of absence will only be granted where the Headteacher considers it due to exceptional circumstances, taking into account the nature of the event for which leave is sought, the frequency of the request, whether the parent gave advance notice, the pupil’s attainment, attendance and ability to catch up on missed schooling.
Parents wishing to apply for leave of absence need to send a written request addressed to the Headteacher: the Headteacher will consider your request and advise you on her decision, (possibly asking to meet with you to discuss). 

Please remember that the more time your child misses from school, the more difficult it is for them to catch up with their work.  Valuable learning time is lost. A good understanding of the work can only take place when the pupil is in the classroom.

It is the Governors legal responsibility to monitor and evaluate the attendance in the school.  The school’s attendance figures are presented to the Governing Body on a termly basis. The school has a legal duty to publish its absence figures and promote attendance. Equally, parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend.