Attendance

Good attendance and punctuality is important

At Frederick Nattrass we believe that making sure your child attends school every day is the most important thing you can do. If they are not here they will not make firm friendships, get into a routine or learn.

The class with the highest attendance each week are presented with Fred Bear in assembly. The class with the best attendance over the term get an extra playtime

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and arrive at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

It is parents and carers responsibility to contact the academy office and inform us if a child is not coming to school and explain why. Please try and do this before 9:30am on the first day of absence. If we don't hear we will try and contact you by phone, please make sure we have up-to-date contact details and that we are able to contact you. If we are unable to contact you we may call at your home.

When a child continues to be absent without any contact from parents/carers we may contact the Police, Local Authority and/or Social Services to request a welfare check.

Reminders will not be sent to parents or carers about unexplained absences, if you don't let us know and give a reason the absence will be unauthorised.

Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone's responsibility and we have reviewed our Attendance Policy to reflect that in this school we promote the welfare and life opportunities for every child.

Lateness

School is open from 8:50am and registers are taken at 8:55am and 1:00pm. School finishes at 3:15pm.

If your child is late they must sign in at the main office. If they arrive without an adult we will text parent or carers to inform of their late arrival. Late marks will be given from 9:00am and after 9:30am an unauthorised late mark is recorded which has the same effect as an unauthorised absence.

If your child is going to be later than 9:15am please try and contact us to let us know.

Menus for school lunch will have already been sent to the kitchen which could mean your child may not get the meal of their choice at lunchtime. Children in year 5 & 6 may be asked to pay back any missed time during breaks.

Holidays in Term Time

There is no automatic entitlement in law for time off in school time to go on holiday. At the discretion of the school we will authorise up to five days leave for holiday there are some circumstances when leave will not be granted: If attendance will fall below 95% (whole year); the previous year's attendance was below 90%; For year 6 pupils the request is between April and May due to SATS, next year this will change to between April and July to support secondary transition; The first two weeks in September, for all year groups, after the summer break; If any unauthorised absences recorded. If it is unavoidable to take holidays during term time school would advise that you do so in June or July when most of our assessments are complete.

26 days is persistent absence and a major concern

Attendance below 90% is monitored by school, parents will be informed and medical evidence will be requested. Below 85% is categorised as persistent absence and will seriously affect a child's progress. This could lead to a referral to the Local Authority Attendance Service, prosecution in the Magistrates Court and a criminal record for parents/carers.