Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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Attendance Policy

A summary of our Attendance Policy is as follows and further details can be accessed using the links below

Following the Parents’ Council meeting on 24th March 2015, I offered to provide parents with a summary of our attendance policy to clarify what happens when a child is not present at school. Having checked with the council, the procedure has changed slightly and that is why this has taken a while to get out to you. In short...

Pensford Primary places a huge importance on daily attendance and families should, as an aspiration, target that their children should be in school 100% of the time. It can be done! Regular attendance has a vital impact on the amount of progress a child can make. Clearly, there are times when a child for one reason or another cannot attend school (eg through sickness) but we encourage parents to help make these occasions an absolute minimum.

We aim for all children to have at least 95% attendance. If your child’s attendance drops below this, we may write you a letter or suggest a meeting to discuss how we can help raise this figure. If your child’s attendance consistently drops below this figure there may be a meeting with B&NES Children Missing Education Service. This may also be the case if your child is consistently late for school. Being late for school is an unauthorised absence and the school is required to report children who are persistently late to the local authority’s Children Missing Education Service. We expect all children to be registered by 9.00am each day, 5 minutes after the beginning of the school day. If your child is late, please come to the school office to add your child to the school register and to give us your child’s meal choice for the day.

There are occasions when we can authorise absence (see item 7. of our attendance policy). We take into account: the age of the pupil, the pupil’s general absence/attendance record, the proximity of public examinations, the length of the proposed leave, the pupil’s educational needs, the general welfare of the pupil, the circumstances of the request, the purpose of the leave, the frequency of the activity and when the request is made. However, if an absence is unauthorised the school will follow instruction from the local authority’s Children Missing Education Service; commonly, this may result in a fine or, in exceptional cases, prosecution.

Parent council representatives were specifically concerned with the possible fines which may be applied. With this request in mind, I have included the following extract from Bath and North East Somerset’s Family Holiday in Term Time Advice for Parents:

  • Time off school for family holidays is not a right.
  • If unauthorized, Penalty Notices may be issued to each parent of each child for each holiday taken in term time. The penalty is £120 per parent per child if payment made within 28 days. If payment is made within 21 days the penalty is reduced to £60. If payment is not made within 28 days parents will be prosecuted in the Criminal Court where on conviction they may be fined up to £1000.

Information referred to in this letter is available from B&NES Family Holidays in Term Time and Pensford Primary School attendance policy. The latter is available under the policies section on our school website and paper copies of both are available from our school office.

Attendance and punctuality is monitored externally by Bath and North East Somerset Council's Children Missing Education Department.