Attendance and Punctuality
At St John Fisher RC Primary School we believes that regular school attendance is the key to enabling children to maximise their educational opportunities, and to become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults.
Please support the school with this by ensuring your child arrives punctually at the start of each school day and that family holidays are kept to school holidays.
What do you if your child is late, ill or has an appointment?
Registration begins at 8:55 am and the registers are closed at 9:15 am-all students will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. In accordance with legal regulations, if a child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence.
Children who are late should come to the main school office where they will need to be signed in by the adult bringing them to school. They must be brought to the school office by an accompanying adult who will be able to explain why they have arrived late.
If your child is ill, please notify school either on the parentmail app, by telephone or through the admin email address: email@example.com
as soon as possible. Once the registers have closed office staff will look at the reported absences. If we have not had a notification then school will try to contact parents/carers to establish where the child is.
Children who need to leave the school during the school day for a medical/dental appointment must be collected from the main entrance by a responsible adult. Parents/carers are asked to show the appointment card to a member of staff.
Absence and Holidays During Term Time
Requests for pupil leave of absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. Please find more details in our ‘Attendance Policy’ document below. Holidays cannot be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £120 can be issued.
Attendance Records Monitoring
Regular attendance and punctuality are very important and we are required to keep detailed records of all aspects of attendance. We work closely with our Education Welfare Officer who checks our attendance records regularly. If there is cause for concern, he/she may make a home visit or invite you into school to discuss the matter. She will also support school in conducting Attendance Review Meetings in line with our Attendance Policy.
For our Attendance Policy click here