Attendance and Punctuality
At Kings Road, we believe that regular attendance at school is essential if children are to get the best possible start in life. We strongly discourage leave of absence during school time. All those with parental responsibility are accountable for the regular and punctual attendance of their children. If your child is absent for 10 school days, they will miss 5% of their education during the academic year.
The DFE is very clear that schools may not authorise holidays for children during term time. This includes for overseas weddings, to allow for unusual working patterns or to visit family. Holidays will not be permitted during term time. We encourage all parents to make non urgent medical appointments, including dental appointments, after the school day.
Persistent Absence – attendance is 90% or below
When a pupil’s overall absence is 10% or more of their possible sessions (attendance is 90% or below), attendance is a serious concern. This is a high risk group and the pupil is now identified as persistently absent (PA).
If a pupil has continued poor attendance, you are at risk of a penalty notice or a referral being made to Early Help (Trafford’s safeguarding team).
Persistent absence is a serious problem for pupils. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these pupils at a considerable disadvantage for the remainder of their school career. There is also clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement:
Start of the day
The registers are taken twice a day at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions. Each school day counts as two attendances.
Our school day begins promptly at 8.55am. All children should be ready to enter their classrooms no later than 8.55am. The school gates will be locked at 9.05am. Once the school doors are closed, children will need to enter via the reception where they will be given a late mark. Please ensure that your children are punctual in order to avoid this.
End of the day
Parents and Carers should collect their children from their classrooms on time at 3.15pm when the school day finishes. We have no provision for extra childcare after this time. If your child is collected late on a regular basis ie not at 3.15pm, they will be looked after by a member of staff. However, this will be charged at a rate of £5 for every 20 minutes after 3.15pm.
If you are over 1 hour late to collect your child we will make a referral to the Trafford Safeguarding Team.
Please note that it is the parent’s responsibility to report your child’s absence on the first day of a child's absence due to illness with an expected date of return. Parents should keep in regular contact with the school if the absence continues. Children should return to school as soon as they are well enough to attend. Parents may be asked to provide medical evidence where there are repeated absences due to reported illnesses. This will usually be in the form of an appointment card, prescription, GP's letter etc. All absences will be treated as unauthorised unless a satisfactory explanation for the pupil's absence has been received. Unauthorised absence may result in the issuing of a penalty notice to the parent or carer. If an extended absence is taken without permission, or your child fails to return to school on the agreed date, you are at risk of losing your child's place at the school.
Please therefore report any absence on the first day, along with the reason for absence to Mrs Scott no later than 9.15am.
Parents should make every possible effort to make medical and dental appointments outside of the school day so as not to disrupt their child's education. If it is absolutely vital to make an appointment during school time, pupils should attend school for part of the day. Parents should show the appointment card to school.
Managing attendance at Kings Road
*Absence letters are sent out to parents to make you aware of your child’s attendance and in some cases a visit by the EWO would follow.
* The target for attendance is 96%. We will issue a letter to our parents if their child is below this to notify you. However, we aim for 100% attendance.
* To keep on top of your child’s progress we track weekly low attendance and persistent absences and offer support where we can. This can mean we speak over the phone or invite you in to discuss any issues face to face.
* When necessary we complete home visits with the Education Welfare Officer.
* In some cases we will contact other agencies if there is an ongoing issue with attendance.
* We discuss the attendance of the whole school with the senior leadership team.
* Inside and outside the school we let you know how the attendance is by displaying attendance information for each class. We also put information in our newsletters and on the website.
* Parents are supported by us if attendance is low and we will encourage you to discuss any difficulties with the Education Welfare Officer and the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher.
* We have an attendance policy and we inform parents of this at their request. Our policy is also available on the website.
* We will also track lateness and issue letters to make you aware of how many minutes of school time your child is missing out on.
* We make sure all parents are given a late minute report at parents evening and a percentage of the child’s attendance to make sure you are always kept informed.
* Lateness is followed up daily to find out the reasons and offer help when needed.
* We encourage children that don’t want to come to school and talk to them about their own concerns with school.
* Each week we carry out a celebration assembly to celebrate the children’s achievements. During this each class are told their class percentage for that week and the winners are given the attendance teddy for their classroom and a certificate, The classes in KS1 and KS2 are also invited to wear their own clothes on the following Monday to celebrate good attendance.
* We always aim to have positive relationship with our parents and families and want you to feel that you can communicate with us if you ever need to discuss any concerns and issues.