Attendance and Punctuality

Stocksbridge Junior School wants all children to get the best education and develop healthy behaviours for life. Regular attendance and good punctuality are two of these behaviours. For this reason, our expectation is that all children will be in attendance 100% of the time and children are in good time for school daily.

 

Attendance

We monitor our children’s attendance at all times and we categorize attendance as follows :

Excellent

Your child’s attendance is 100%

As well as being an excellent attender your child will almost certainly achieve the best outcomes for their ability and in later life.  They will have real opportunity in further education or the world of work.

Good

Your child’s attendance is 98% – 99%

Your child’s attendance is good and they are likely to achieve their targets. This will give them the skills they need for the next phase of their education.

Expected Your child’s attendance is as expected at 97% and has reached the school’s target which is set to ensure that learning is supported.
Needs to Improve

Your child’s attendance is 93% – 96%.

Your child’s attendance is in need of improvement. It is below the school target of 97%.  Your child is missing learning and in danger of falling behind.

Poor and Causing  Serious Concern

Your child’s attendance is 91%-92%

Your child’s attendance if poor and causing concern. They are in danger of becoming persistently absent and are missing a significant amount of learning. You may receive a letters to advised of a period of monitoring. And asking for your support in this matter. Your child is missing so much time from school that it will be difficult for them to keep in touch with lessons and learning.

Very Poor and      Causing Serious    Concern

Your child’s attendance is 90% or below and regarded as persistently absent. This is very poor attendance and of great concern. There is a danger of Local Authority action eg a fixed penalty fine or further legal prosecution if your child’s attendance does not improve.

Your child is missing so much time from school that it will be exceptionally difficult for them to keep in touch with lessons and learning.

 

How do we celebrate great attendance ?

Great attendance is celebrated in many ways :

Vouchers – Each term, children whose attendance is 97% and above are rewarded with a voucher for a free swimming or skating session courtesy of Sheffield International Venues (SIV).

Piggy Banks – Each class has an attendance piggy bank which they have the chance to add to every week.

£10 for 100% class attendance  –   £5 for 99% class attendance  – £2 for 98% class attendance

Once a class have accumulated sufficient funds, they can spend their earnings on a treat!

Certificates – Children achieving 100% attendance are presented with certificates each term.

 

 

What do I do if my child is going to be absent ? 

If your child is going to be absent from school, you should inform school on (or before) the first morning of their absence by calling the school office on 0114 288 2221. If the absence persists, you should keep the school informed.

In some cases, you may be required to provide medical evidence in order for school to authorise the absence.

 

What do I do if my child needs to take leave during term time ?

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 Amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Parents or carers should complete a form and submit to the school at least 20 days in advance of any proposed leave. Forms may be collected from our school office or downloaded below.

Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

 

Punctuality

At Stocksbridge, we begin registration at 8.55am.

Our expectation is that all children will be present at this time and ready to begin the day. The school gates open at 8.30am to allow children to enter the school grounds in good time for registration. Being punctual allows children to make a good and settled start to the day so they can engage in and enjoy their learning.

We monitor punctuality at all times and contact parents for their support where punctuality becomes a difficulty.

 

Support With Attendance and Punctuality Difficulties 

As a school, we are committed to supporting excellent attendance and punctuality. We meet with our Education Welfare Officer, Dale Edwardes, each half term to review the attendance and punctuality of our children and to identify where there are concerns.

When a child’s attendance falls below the school target of 96%, we feel it is important to inform parents or carers, even though there may be a legitimate reason for their child’s absence from school. We ask for parent and carer support in all of these cases in order to improve patterns of attendance. Where attendance issues persist, parents risk the possibility of a local authority fine.

We understand that it can be very tricky to get your child to school on time in the morning occasionally.

We want to support those parent/carers who finding this particularly difficult. When a child’s punctuality becomes a difficulty, we feel it is important to inform parents or carers, even though there may be a legitimate reason for children being late for school. We ask for parent and carer support in all of these cases in order to improve patterns of attendance.

 

Help is always at hand – Please if your child’s attendance or punctuality is a difficulty, do not hesitate to come and talk to us in school or contact Mr Dale Edwardes, on 07885972039 if you need any support or advice.  

 

Finding Out More

To find out more about our school’s attendance and punctuality policy, please see the policy below.

To find out more about your responsibility as a parents and carers,  please see Sheffield City Council’s Policy and further information on Sheffield City Council’s attendance webpage at the link below.

 

SJS attendance statistics

2017/18

  • Attendance 95.7% 95.7%
  • Authorised Absence 3.3% 3.3%
  • Unauthorised Absence 1% 1%

2016/17

  • Attendance 96% 96%
  • Authorised Absence 3.3% 3.3%
  • Unauthorised Absence 0.7% 0.7%

2015/16

  • Attendance 96.2% 96.2%
  • Authorised Absence 3.1% 3.1%
  • Unauthorised Absence 0.7% 0.7%

2014/15

  • Attendance 95.6% 95.6%
  • Authorised Absence 3.4% 3.4%
  • Unauthorised Absence 1% 1%

2013/14

  • Attendance 96.4% 96.4%
  • Authorised Absence 2.8% 2.8%
  • Unauthorised Absence 0.8% 0.8%

2012/13

  • Attendance 94.8% 94.8%
  • Authorised Absence 5% 5%
  • Unauthorised Absence 0.2% 0.2%