Masefield School encourages regular attendance in the following ways:
- Providing a caring and welcoming learning community and that learning is such fun that children will not want to miss it
- Responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the school or other pupils; marking registers accurately and punctually during morning and afternoon registration. If a child arrives after 8.50am they are to report to the school office. If a child arrives between 9.00 am and 9.30 am it will be recorded as late present, and if they arrive late after 9.30am, it will be recorded as a late absence and counted as an unauthorised absence. The pupil’s name recorded in the late book in case of a fire drill; if a child has not arrived by 10.00am, a text will be sent from the school office informing the parents that their child is absent and that an explanation is required by the school.
- Publishing and displaying attendance statistics
- Celebrating good and improved attendance
- Monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary and referring the family to the local authority attendance keyworker if the irregular attendance continues.
- The local authority attendance keyworker is involved in all matters relevant to supporting schools in improving their attendance. The local authority attendance keyworker assists the school in the analysis of absence data and will undertake home visits if necessary. In serious cases the local authority attendance keyworker can initiate court proceedings against parents who fail to make sure their children receive a proper education.
If for any reason you are delayed in picking up your child, or someone different is collecting your child, please notify school. If it is a last minute change of plan, a telephone call can save any embarrassment. (Please note that any other designated person/responsible adult who is to collect a child must be over the age of 14 year’s old).
We expect that you will:
- ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal responsibilities
- ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at school punctually and fully prepared for the school day
- Ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to attend school
- Contact the school by 9.00am on the first day of your child’s absence and telephone every day thereafter unless your child has a doctors certificate
- Contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away from school
Responding to Non-Attendance
When a pupil does not attend school we will respond in the following manner:
- On the first day of absence, if we have not heard from a parent of a pupil not in school, the office will send a text message at 10am advising that the child was not in school, and could the parent advise why.
- If there is still no contact by lunchtime, school will attempt to telephone the parent.
- Should the child fail to attend on the following day, the same procedure will be implemented.
- If on the third day, no parental contact has been made our School Attendance Co-ordinator will make a home visit.
- If the absence persists this will result in further home visits and/or the Educational Social Worker being informed.
Grant for Leave of Absence Under Extreme Circumstances
The school term dates are published a year in advance and we therefore do not see any reason for parents to take family holidays during term time. Amendments to the 2006 Education act states that:
‘Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.’
Parents, who decide to take their children on holiday during term time, can be given a penalty notice.
If your request is declined and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household will be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.
Any request for absence should be presented in writing to the school office for consideration.