At Boothroyd Primary Academy we believe that the continuity of a child’s education is very important for their success in adult life. Attendance at school is vital if your child is to progress to the best of their ability.
Children of compulsory school age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend school every day it is open. Regular attendance is important not just because it is a legal requirement but because it is the best way of ensuring that a child makes the most of their educational opportunities. Parents should always consider very carefully before taking their children out of school during term-time.
We monitor attendance daily. If your child is going to be absent due to sickness then you must inform the academy by 8.30am. Our pastoral manager will follow up any pupil absence for whom we have received no phone call.
Children are monitored if their attendance falls below 90% and any child whose attendance falls below 85% is reported to the local authority attendance manager. It is very likely that these children will then be placed on an attendance monitoring plan and you may have to participate in a parent contract.
We complete a review of attendance every half term and pupils will receive an attendance report.
Children should arrive at school for 8.50am. Any child arriving late will be recorded in our late book and also recorded as late on the register.
Children who are late on more than one occasion will be held behind at the end of the day to make up their learning time. Parents will be informed if their child is staying behind at the end of the day by phone call and will be expected to pick up their child from reception at the agreed time.
This Governing Body acknowledges that there are times when a family needs to travel abroad in an emergency, for example on the death of a mother, father or sibling. However, this policy aims to make sure that parents who are not in an emergency situation understand the consequences of taking their child out of school for an extended period of time.
A family or extended absence is one in which a pupil is out of school in term time.
Ofsted, the organisation that inspects standards in schools, reports:
- “Long-term absence creates a significant barrier to learning
- The British Asian pupils that take extended leave abroad tend to do less well because they lose the thread of their learning while away from school.
- Some pupils are absent from school for lengthy periods and this leads to loss of progress and important gaps in their knowledge.”
The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time. However, in exceptional circumstances, headteachers/ principals can allow parents to take their child out of class for example if there is a serious illness or death in the child’s immediate family.If you are experiencing such difficulties please call in to see Mrs Joslin at the first opportunity.
If the above does not apply and parents still keep their child from school, Kirklees council will issue a fine of £60 per parent, per pupil. If this is not paid within 21 days, the fine increases to £120 and must be paid before 28 days is up or legal action may follow.
If permission is not given, or not asked for, and the parents still take their child away from school, the child will lose their place, in accordance with Kirklees Local Authority’s policy. This means that your child will be taken off the academy roll and you will have to apply for a place at Boothroyd on your return. Your child will not be guaranteed a place at the academy and you may have to apply for another school in the area.
The Governing Body at Boothroyd Primary Academy thanks parents and carers for their support in this policy. It is important that parents and the school work together to make every child’s school experience the best it can be, which will help each child to achieve their very best.
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