Attendance and Punctuality

At Stocksbridge Junior School, we want all of our 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 and Punctuality After Covid19 Closure

Our children have missed a considerable part of their education during the 2019//20 academic year. Learning will have undoubtedly been impacted by this unavoidable absence. Our school have worked very hard to consider how we might support children to ‘catch up’ with their learning. It has never been more important that our children are in school daily and on time so that they can take full advantage of ‘catch up’ opportunities planned and be supported to make up for time lost.

We would like to thank all of our parents and carers in advance for supporting their children with their attendance and punctuality as we move into the new academic year.

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you feel that your child requires any support.

 

Staggered Starts

From September 2020, school will operate a staggered start to the school day as follows :

Year 6 – 8:15am 3:25pm
Year 5 – 8:20am 3:20pm
Year 4 – 8:25am 3:15pm
Year 3 – 8:30am 3:10pm

It is imperative that children arrive to school during their specified time slot in order to ensure social distancing and therefore safety.  If you have children in different year groups, they are welcome to arrive at the eldest child’s time to make the start of the day a little easier.

 

 

 

Government Guidance For Attendance and Punctuality On Return in September 2020

Government guidance regarding attendance and punctuality from September 2020  can be found the link below :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#section-2-school-operations

 

 

In summary

Attendance expectations

In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, the Government  made it clear that no parent would be penalized or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.

Now the circumstances have changed and the Government have outlined that it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

The Government have outlined that missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from September. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil and they are of compulsory school age
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

 

Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating

We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so, in the future, there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the Government are clear that the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. The following should be noted however – that:

  • a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding
  • if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
  • some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 – ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people

The Government is clear that where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, they expect schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education.

The Government suggests that where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalized.

 

Pupils and families who are anxious about return to school

It is clear that all other pupils must attend school. The Government calls on schools to bear in mind the potential concerns of pupils, parents and households who may be reluctant or anxious about returning to school and support that may be required. This may include pupils who have themselves been shielding previously but have been advised that this is no longer necessary, those living in households where someone is clinically vulnerable, or those concerned about the comparatively increased risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or who have certain conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

If parents of pupils with significant risk factors are concerned, they are asked to discuss their concerns with schools who will do their best to reassure of the measures they are putting in place to reduce the risk. It is clear that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies (for example, the pupil has been granted a leave of absence, is unable to attend because of sickness, is absent for a necessary religious observance etc).

 

For Further Detail 

For further detail, please access the addendum to our Attendance and Punctuality Policy here :

Stocksbridge Junior School Addendum to Attendance and Punctuality Policy 2020 21

 

 

 

So what happens if you feel that your child may be showing signs of Covid19 ?

You have our assurance that whilst your children is in school, all symptoms that may indicate Covid19 will be considered immediately.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
 a new continuous cough
 a high temperature
 a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

Staff will take action as soon as one or more of these symptoms are recognized and consult with parents and carers to ensure that all are kept safe.

 

 

It is important that all adults are clear about what to do in these circumstances :

       Please download school advise here Covid Flowchart for Parents

Further information is available at :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance (please be advised also by the above guidance)

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 is 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, where attendance is a concern, 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 term time leave request 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. Adult supervision is in place from 8.30am. Being punctual allows children to make a good and settled start to the day so that they can engage in and enjoy their learning.

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

 

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 97%, 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 punctuality.

 

Help is always at hand – Please if your child’s attendance or punctuality is a difficulty, do not hesitate to call us or come and talk to us in school. You might want to contact our Education Welfare Officer, 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.

Attendance and Punctuality Policy 247 – March 2020

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%