In 2016 - 2017 the attendance rate for this school was 97.02%.
Our attendance target for 2017-2018 is 97.5%
Please see the weekly newsletter for our class updates on attendance.
Updated Attendance Policy
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At Lee Brigg Infant School every day counts. We firmly believe that missing school means missing out, and recognise that lost learning through absence impacts on pupils’ progress. We ask parents and carers to work with us to ensure that children attend school regularly and punctually.
The school day begins at 8:50am
We would like to remind you that the school doors open at 8:50am every morning. Between 8:50am and 9:00am early bird activities take place in classrooms and the register is taken.
The register closes at 9:00am and all external doors are locked to secure the school. Lessons begin at 9:00am.
Children arriving after the close of registers at 9:00am are required to enter school through the main door. Accompanying adults are required to record the time of arrival and reason for lateness. Children arriving between 9:00am – 9:10am will be recorded as L (late) in the register.
Children arriving after 9:10am will be recorded as U (unauthorised absence) in the register.
At the point of 5 U coded sessions (within a half term) a warning letter will be issued from the school. This is notification that a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued if persistent lateness after close of the register continues. Persistent lateness is 10 coded U sessions within a term.
Notification of absence due to illness
Parents are required to notify school by telephone before 9:00am if their child is not attending school that day due to illness. Parents are then required to contact school before 9:00am each day of the absence thereafter.
On the child’s return to school parents are required to follow up the absence in writing noting the dates of the absence period and the reason for absence. These letters will be retained in the school register and may be requested for use by the Educational Welfare Officer.
Wherever possible we ask that dental and medical appointments are made out of school hours.
Where this is not possible, parents are required to verify the appointments at the school office with an appointment card. Children should return to school as soon as possible after the appointment time.
Term Time Holidays
In line with the Government’s amendments to the Education Regulations 2006, the Headteacher is not permitted grant leave of absence for family holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. In such cases, parents are asked to put their request in writing to the Headteacher clearly stating the exceptional circumstances. Children who are absent from school during term time because of a holiday will be marked as a G (family holiday not authorised) in the register.
The Governing Body agreed to the issuing of penalty notices by the Local Authority from the 1st September 2014. This is in line with other local schools and schools nationally. Advance notice of this was given via the school newsletter.
A Penalty Notice may be issued at the point whereby a child has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence. This could be because of:
- Failure to ensure a child’s attendance and punctuality
- An unauthorised term-time holiday
- Persistent lateness for school after the close of the register
The cost of the penalty notice is £60 per child, per parent, if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice. This rises to £120 per child per parent if paid between 22 and 28 days.
Mrs Richardson, the school's Education welfare officer, will continue to monitor attendance and punctuality in school. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to get in touch and she will be happy to discuss these with you.
Keeping track of your child’s attendance
From this term onwards, we will issue to you a termly attendance summary for your child(ren). This will give you a detailed breakdown from the register to help you keep track of your child’s attendance level.
The attendance summary will be colour coded according to the following levels:
Blue: 100% -
The best chance of success
Children get off to a flying start!
Green: 95% – 99.9%
Amber: 85.1% - 94.9%
Less chance of success because of periods of lost learning time.
Red: below 85%
Significant lost learning time
The implementation of these changes in response to the new legislation will bring our school in line with many others in Wakefield.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Governing Body of Lee Brigg Infant School.