Attendance and Punctuality
Bedmond Village Primary School is committed to promoting excellent levels of attendance and punctuality, enabling our pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.
Our aim is for our pupils to meet at least the Government target of 95% attendance. We would appreciate your support to ensure that all our pupils achieve this, enabling them to fulfil their potential.
Mums, Dads and Carers are responsible in law for ensuring that their children attend the school at which they are registered, regularly and punctually, in the best condition possible to learn. The information below clarifies our attendance expectations.
If your child is absent from school, please contact us with the reason by 8.30am on the first day of absence (press 2 when ringing the school telephone number and leave a message); please confirm this in writing on your child’s return. It is the Headteacher’s decision as to whether this absence is authorised or not. In most cases, absence is regarded as genuine and marked as authorised on the register.
Classroom doors are open between 8.50 and 8.55am to allow a phased entrance for all children. All classsroom doors are closed at 8.55am (this ties with the closing of the main gates).
Registers are taken electronically twice daily at 8.55am and 1.05pm. Should your child arrive between 8.55am and 9.05am, your child will be marked as late. If your child arrives after 9.05am, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence unless you provide a reasonable explanation in agreement with the Headteacher. Any children arriving late will need to be signed in by an adult at the main office.
As a school, we will follow up any persistent lateness, unauthorised absence and pupils with low levels of attendance. Our registers are inspected regularly by our Attendance Improvement Officer to ensure mums, dads/carers fulfil their legal responsibility of making sure their child(ren) attend school regularly and punctually. Letters will be issued to mums, dads/carers whose children have been absent less than 90% in any term.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 states that the Headteacher may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances outlining the conditions under which leave of absence may be granted. Should a parent/carer wish to request leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances a letter must be sent, for the attention of Mrs Woollon's via the school office, no less than 4 weeks before the date wanted for the period to start. She may request an appointment with the parent/carer and will inform them of her decision in writing.
Absence will be unauthorised if:-
* Should a request for leave of sbsence be declined but the time taken
* If a parent/carer takes a child out of school for leave of absence without authorisation
* When a child fails to return to school following authorised leave of absence for exceptional circumstances on the agreed date
Should a child have 15 or more sessions absence in the current and/or previous term, the school can apply to the local authority for a Penalty Notice to be issued to the parents/carers.
Unauthorised absence exceeding 40 sessions may result in a child being removed from the school roll. Further explanation of Penalty Notices can be found below.
As a staff we encourage good attendance and punctuality through various awards and celebrate any improvements in attendance. We aim to work with our pupils and their parents/carers so that the course of action detailed above are not necessary.
If you have any questions about attendance or would like a copy of our Schools Attendance Policy please contact the school office or refer to the policy & leaflet section on this website.
We look forward to continuing to work with all parents/carers to ensure that all of the children attending Bedmond School are able to reach their full potential.
If a pupil has at least 15 sessions (half day = 1 session) unauthorised absence in the current and/or previous term, including leave of absence where permission has not been requested or requested and denied, the Head Teacher can apply for a Penalty Notice to be issued by the Local Authority. A fine of £60 is issued if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days. Fines can be issued to each parent/carer for each child. Parents can discharge potential liability for conviction by paying the penalty. Should the fine not be paid in full within 28 days, the Local Authority must consider prosecution.