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.

 

 

 

 

Why does attendance and punctuality matter ?

​Regular school attendance and punctuality is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. Students who miss school (either through absence or lateness) can frequently fall behind with their work, their attainment and progress being negatively impacted. Absence and lateness can also impact negatively on a child’s socially and emotionally development. It is clear that students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance.

 

 

 

School timings 

Beginning of that day –

Children may arrive at school from 8:40. Registration begins at 8.50am and closes at 9.00am. Registers are completed again after lunch for all classes and close 5 minutes after lunchtime ends. A pupil that arrives late for register (between 9.00am and 9.05am) will be marked late (a ‘L’ recorded in the register). A pupil arriving late after register closes will be marked as late (a ‘U’ recorded in the register.) ‘U’ registration codes indicate and unauthorised absence.

End of the day –

  • The gate opens for Y3 parents at 3:05pm.
  • Y3/4 finish school at 3:10pm,
  • Y5/6 finish school at 3:05pm.

 

 

 

What do we expect of parents an carers ?

The requirement for children to attend school is set out in law. We require all of our parents and carers to ensure that their children attend school daily and are on time.

It is clear that children alone cannot ensure their regular and punctual attendance at school. Parents and carers are therefore encouraged to take an active interest in the work of the school and to build and support their children’s enthusiasm for attending school.

We ask that if children are to be absent from school, parents and carers should :

  • inform the school in person, in writing or by telephone, as soon as practicably possible, with reasons for the absence.
  • make routine appointments (e.g. medical, dental) outside of school time.
  • not take their children on holiday during term time.
  • work in partnership with school to positively impact on any attendance difficulties that may arise.

In some cases, where attendance is a concern, parents and carers may be required to provide medical evidence in order for school to authorise the absence.

 

 

What do we expect of our children ?

We require our pupils to work hard to attend daily, to be on time for lessons and be ready to learn.

 

 

 

 

How do we monitor 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.

Good

Your child’s attendance is 98% – 99%

Your child’s attendance is good and they are likely to achieve their learning 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 advise 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 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 :

Verbal praise – on a daily basis.

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 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 and carers can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

 

 

 

Punctuality

At Stocksbridge, we begin registration at 8.50am.

Our expectation is that all children will be present at this time and ready to begin the day. The school gates open at 8.40am to allow children to enter the school grounds in good time for registration. Adult supervision is in place from 8.40am. Being punctual allows children to make a good and settled start to the day so that they can engage in and enjoy their learning.

The gate and register will close at 9.00am daily.

If your child is to be late, we ask that you do not allow them to walk into school alone but ensure that you deliver them to Reception so that you know they are safe and have been handed over to a staff member. This is to ensure your child’s safeguarding. This is also to ensure that we have reliable records of lateness to school. 

We monitor punctuality at all times and contact parents and carers 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 92%, 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. Parents and Carers will be promptly informed of any concerns and pathways to improving attendance or punctuality will be discussed and agreed.

If an agreed pathway to improvement is unsuccessful and a child’s absence or lateness continue to rise, school will consider involving our Education Welfare Officer or other outside agencies to enhance the challenge and support offered. Consideration of such cases may involve discussion with Local Authority colleagues.

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 or the Department For Education guidance provided.

Attendance and punctuality policy March 2021

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.

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/schools-childcare/attendance-guidance-parents

 

 

 

Covid Absences

 

 

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.

 

 

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%