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The School Day (Times & Attendance)

The School Day

 

Our morning starts bright and early. With our gates opening at 8:30am and classroom doors opening at 8:40am it allows everyone 15 minutes to get into school and be ready to start learning before our official 8:55am start. This is when Kinson Primary Staff will take the attendance register. 

 

Once everyone is in class and settled, we close the gates on the Kinson Road side of the school at 8.55am.  After 8:55am entry to our school building is via the main school gate located on School Lane. This gate is accessed via a buzzer entry system for security and safeguarding purposes. Members of Kinson's Senior Leadership Team and our Family Worker are always on duty first thing in the morning to support with any questions or queries.

 

It is important for children to feel part of the class routines in the morning and it can be very unsettling for a child to arrive part way through registration, a lesson or an activity that has started.  So we ask that all parents and carers make every effort to ensure their children are at school in good time. 

 

Our school day finishes at 3.15pm with our school gates opening at 3.10pm in the afternoon to allow parents and cares on site ready for collection of the children. 

 

Attendance

 

“Aspire, Believe, Learn, Achieve”

The link between attendance and attainment is easy to see. The more that a child is in school the more chance they have to engage with education and learn new skills. Government studies have proven this link and have shown the dramatic impact that poor attendance has on learning.

 

Attendance Summary

At certain points of the year, both at the start of the spring term and the beginning of the summer term, we will send you a summary of your child’s attendance across the year so far. You are not required to take any action and this is distributed for your own records.

 

Example Attendance Summaries

Children may be ill and occasionally have to attend medical appointments during school hours, however, there are patterns of absence that stand out and may cause concern.

Below are some examples of how we evaluate and interpret an individual child’s attendance summary:

 

Single incident of absence spanning consecutive days:

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This example above shows a child who was absent due to chicken pox. Following this absence their attendance has returned to a normal pattern. It has impacted overall attendance but we would obviously take no further action unless it was a prolonged illness.

 

Repeating pattern of absence:

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This example (above) shows a child who is regularly absent on the same days each week (Mondays and Fridays). We might invite this family to meet with our Education Social Worker to investigate possible reasons for consistently missing certain days.

 

Regular random absences:

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The final example, shown above, displays random absences across the different weeks. This could be the result of an underlying medical condition or another issue. This child has been absent almost every week which is not considered a normal pattern. To be absent so regularly is concerning for a number of reasons and we would invite this family to a meeting to investigate further.

 

Attendance Letters

As a result of government guidelines and policies, we are required to keep you informed about your child’s attendance. We may write to you if your child’s attendance drops below the government target of 96% for our school. You may receive a further letter if your child’s attendance begins to drop close to the Persistence Absence threshold of 90%. We will monitor your child’s attendance following these letters. If there is evidence of improvement, it is unlikely that any other action will need to be taken.

 

We are keen to work with you to overcome any challenges and help your child access a full education. We know that illness cannot be avoided and we would expect attendance to improve again following your child’s return to school. However, if your child has a medical issue there may be ways we can support them to ensure they don’t miss out on key learning. We would be happy to set up a meeting with our school nurse to discuss possible strategies.

 

If your child’s attendance falls below the government Persistent Absence target of 90%, we may invite you in to school to meet with our Education Support Worker. Their job is to help improve attendance by working with parents and other staff at Kinson Primary School.

 

If you receive a letter about your child’s attendance and you have any queries or concerns, we encourage you to come and speak to the office staff. Mr Cuff and Mrs Tiller are always happy to help and will do their best to answer any questions.

 

Persistent Absence

This year there were new stringent guidelines for attendance. The government measure our school on attendance and the numbers of Persistent Absence pupils. Persistent Absence (PA) pupils are students who accumulate a certain number of absences over the six half terms as indicated below: NB one school day consists of 2 sessions.

 

Up to the end of the 1st half term = 7, ½ day sessions

Up to the end of the 2nd half term = 14, ½ day sessions

Up to the end of the 3rd Half term = 20, ½ day sessions

Up to the end of the 4th half term = 25, ½ day sessions

Up to the end of the 5th half term = 31, ½ day sessions

Up to the end of the 6th half term = 38, ½ day sessions

 

From September 1st a pupil is deemed as persistently absent if they have absences equal to the numbers above or 10% absence on any given day of the school year

 

We will write to you to if your child becomes a PA pupil and you may be invited in for a meeting. If their attendance improves they may no longer be deemed PA and we may not need to take any further action.

 

Attendance Awards

At the end of each term we prepare a certificate for each child who achieved 100% attendance. These are given out to the children at the beginning of the following term. At the end of the school year we prepare special certificates for those children who have had 100% attendance over the three terms.

 

Leave of Absence in Term Time

Parents wishing to remove their children from school during term time must complete a request form. These are held in the main office.

 

Special Circumstances

Where possible, we ask that medical appointments are made outside of the school day. Where this is not possible we ask that appointments are made as late in the day as possible to reduce the impact on your child’s learning.

 

Special Circumstance forms are held in the main office and cover events including (but not limited to):

 

  • Dentist, doctor, and hospital appointments
  • Music and dance exams
  • Approved sporting events
  • School visits (for example year 6 visits to Secondary schools)
  • Family weddings and funerals

 

A hospital letter, appointment card or other evidence should be brought to the office where this is available.

 

 

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