Attendance

School Attendance - A very important message for all Parents/Carers

29/01/2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Prince Albert Primary School is working in partnership with parents and the Local Authority to improve school attendance.   We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly. 

Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Are you aware that children who do not attend regularly:

  • do not achieve well in exams
  • find it difficult to maintain friendships
  • are more likely to become involved in crime
  • miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work?

How does your child compare?

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed

95%

9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons

90%

19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons

85%

29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons

80%

38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons

Absence can only be authorised by the Head Teacher, within the boundaries set by the Education (Pupil Registrations) (England) Regulations 2006.   Head Teachers may not authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional.

Please remember that parental illness, going shopping, visiting family, truancy, not wanting to go to school, alleged bullying (speak to school immediately to resolve the issue) are not acceptable reasons to be absent. All of these will be recorded as unauthorised absence, including if your child arrives at school after the close of registration.

Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school with support from staff and peers can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education.  Failing to send your child to school regularly without good reason is a criminal offence.  

Legal action that may be taken includes:

  • Issuing penalty notices: Each parent receives a penalty notice for each child who has unauthorised absence. The penalty is £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made.  So, if there are two parents and two children the total penalties could be up to £480. Failure to pay may result in prosecution.
  • Taking parents to court for unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1) - court can fine each parent up to £1000 per child, order payment of prosecution costs and/or impose a Parenting Order.
  •  Taking parents to court for persistent unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1A) - court can fine each parent up to £2,500 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs, impose a Parenting Order and/or sentence you to a period of imprisonment of up to 3 months.

 

Being taken to court could result in you having a criminal record.

Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life. 

If your child’s level of absence is of serious concern, the school will offer advice and support to improve attendance.  After this, any unauthorised absence may result in the School and the Local Authority taking legal action. 

Again, we would like to thank those parents who make sure their child is attending school regularly and are therefore benefiting fully from their educational opportunity. 

 

Yours sincerely,

LEA BCC

Lead Attendance Officer

Education Legal Intervention Team
Alternative Provision, Attendance,
and Independent Education Service
Birmingham City Council     

 

Head teacher

Miss M. Davies

                            

Attendance News - Autumn 2017

Welcome back to the start of the new academic year.  We hope you had a pleasant and restful break. We have some exciting new attendance incentives this year and I am hoping attendance will be the best yet! 

If you have any comments, suggestions or general attendance enquiries please come and see Mrs Toth in the arches. Don’t forget to check out our attendance updates on Twitter, so make sure you are following us!

At Prince Albert School  we have attendance procedures in place to ensure that every child is in school and safe. Please refer to our attendance policy on the school website. Please can you ensure that these procedures are followed at all times.

School Starts at 8:55am, the school doors open at 8:45am. If your child arrives after the bell they are late and must go to the main office where they will be signed in late. This is so we can mark them as being present in the building and accounted for in the event of an emergency.

Children should attend school every day unless they are too ill to attend. If they are ill please take them to the doctors and bring in an appointment slip as proof. Try and arrange any appointments outside of school hours. 

If children are unwell in school then we will call parents and ask them to bring medication in the first instance. If they do not improve, we then may send children home. 

We will send children home if they are sick in school. 

If your child is going to be absent please call the school on each day of your child’s absence by 9am . Please call 0121 327 0594 and leave a message on the absence line. Include the child's full name, class and reason for their absence. Please tell us where possible the nature of illness. “Sick” or “unwell” does not outline the reason for absence. This will ensure that we have an accurate attendance record for your child. If no reason is given, this will become an unauthorised absence.

 

Reminder

Dear Parents / Carers

Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally and locally. Missing school damages academic progress; disrupts the learning of your child and the learning of others.

Most parents ensure their children are in school on time every day and do not take holidays during term time.  This ensures these children are getting the educational experience they are entitled to and are in a good positon to reach their full potential.

Extended leave during term time seriously affects a child’s long term life opportunities.

Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that:

“If a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly at the school his/her parent(s) are guilty of an offence”. New extended leave guidance brought out in February 2017 requires parents to take extended leave out of term time.

If you decide to take your child on extended leave, you should contact Miss Evans or Miss Mitchell at the school and fill in a Leave in Term request which is available from the office.

Should your request be denied and you still choose to take the leave then the absence will be marked as unauthorised. The Local Authority could issue a Penalty Notice, under section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act. This could result in a £60 fine per parent, per child.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the majority of our families who work really hard to ensure that their child attends school regularly and remind you all of the fabulous incentives we have in place to reward good school attendance and punctuality.  If you need a refresher of what these are, then please head to our website where a copy of our latest newsletter will be available to read.

Yours Sincerely


Miss H Wood
Pastoral Manager