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Welcome to Prince Albert's Attendance News Issue 02. I hope you enjoy reading our attendance updates. If you have any comments, suggestions or general attendance enquiries please come and see Miss Wood. Don’t forget to check out our attendance updates on Twitter, so make sure you are following us!
There are many reasons why regular good attendance at school is vital. One of the most important reasons is your child being able to achieve successful outcomes in school by fulfilling their potential. Here at Prince Albert School we put great emphasis on attendance and the government does too. They expect every school to achieve attendance that meets the National Average Figure. The government regulations clearly state the National Average figure MUST include Eid and other religious celebrations. You will receive regular letters informing you of your child’s attendance. This figure will include Eid and other religious celebrations, these are an authorised absence. Please note the figure used to award termly prizes will also include religious celebrations. However, at the end of the year celebration of great attendance, children who have only had EID off school will be invited to attend.
Where possible please make medical and dental appointments after school or during school holidays. If you must take your child out during school time we will need to see proof of the appointment and your child will need to attend school before/after the appointment. Proof can be a medical card/letter, prescription or a prescribed medicine.
If your child is too ill to come to school please contact the school on the first day of absence to let us know the reason why. Please call before 9am on 0121 3270594 option 1. If we don’t hear from you we will try to contact you, if after a few days we do not hear from you we will record this as an unauthorised absence. Please be aware unauthorised absences can trigger the spotlight process. A copy of this process was sent to you in September. If you have misplaced your copy there is one on the school website. Please familiarise yourself with this process.
Please help your child have a good start to the day and set up good habits of being on time. School doors open at 8:45am, the bell goes at 8.55am. The gates are closed at 8.55am to ensure that all children in school are registered properly. Any child arriving after this time will be classed as late. This year we are continuing to have a push on improving attendance and punctuality. The vast majority of our children do come to school every day and on time so well done! To them. They will be on track to win some great prizes. There are some children who arrive late. When children arrive late they miss out on lesson introductions and some teaching. If your child is late after the register closes at 9.20am this is recorded as an unauthorised absence for one session and may go towards triggering the spotlight process.
Here to help
Sometimes there are underlying reasons why a child does not attend school regularly. If at any time you require any help or are going through a difficult time please come and talk to Miss Wood or a member of the Pastoral Team. We are here to help and support you and can often find ways around any problems you or your child may have. We aim to work in conjunction with parents to break down all barriers to learning.
16th November 2016
As of the 9th November 2016 Birmingham City Council have increased the dinner money to the following:-
SCHOOL DINNER PAYMENTS
1. MEAL PRICES INFANTS and JUNIORS - £2.15 per day or £10.75 per week. NURSERY PRICES - £1.85 per day or £9.25 per week.
2. PAYMENT METHOD – We are now cashless so please ensure payments are now made online via the School Money website or for those paying by barcode slip any store that has the yellow Pay Point sign.
3. PAYMENT TIME - Dinner money must be paid every Monday.
4. FAILURE TO PAY BY THE END OF THE WEEK - We are no-longer able to offer children dinners if their meals have not been paid for in full. Parents must provide their child with sandwiches or take them home for dinners until all arrears have been paid in full.
Miss M Davies
Head of School
Thank you for attending our Family Learning Programme. Both parents and children had a fabulous time making creative art items projects. It was great to see all who attended!
Our school is one of over 200 schools from across the UK taking part. The results will provide valuable information to schools on the range of hardware such as laptops, tablets, consoles and smart phones being used by young people and children.
Once signed up, schools are sent a survey form that can be completed in each class during the Autumn term. Each class will be shown a number of devices and children will be asked to raise their hand if they use this device at home. No personal information will be collected, only the number of devices used.
Once each class has carried out the survey, the numbers will be collated for each school with the national results published in time for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2017.
We will be carrying out the survey as part of our forthcoming Online Safety Day on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.