Attendance

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Meadowfield Primary School is committed to ensuring that children reach their full potential through regular attendance at school. We have a range of interventions and initiatives to support children and their families to achieve this.
 
Children who attend school regularly:
  •  Achieve more
  • Make better progress, socially and academically
  • Find school routines and expectations easier to deal with
  • Enjoy learning
  • Find transitions easier
     
We ask that parents / carers support the school in this by:
  • Ensuring their children attend school every day and on time
  • Informing school by 9.20am if their child will be absent that day
  • Not taking holidays in term time
 
Current Initiatives
  • Rockette's Reward Board
  • 100% award certificates and trophies
  • Family reward hampers
  • End of year reward trip
  • Regular visits by our attendance alien mascot "Rockette"
 
 
The School Day
 
  • Classroom / pod doors open at 8.45am and all close at 8.55am prompt.
  • Children who arrive between 8.55am and 9.10am must report to a member of staff at the “late” door (situated next to the reception class) and will receive a late mark.
  • Children arriving after 9.10am must enter via the main school entrance.
  • If a message has not been received by the school by 9.20am we will endeavour to contact parents /carers of children who are absent by telephone, text or home visit. This will take place once registers have been checked. It is important that you keep school informed of any changes to contact details.
  • If we do not receive notification of your child’s absence, this will be marked as unauthorised.
  • School closes at 3.15pm. Classroom/pod doors will close by 3.25pm and parents/carers will then be required to collect their children from reception via the main entrance of the school.
  • If a child is not collected by 4.30pm and school cannot contact a parent/carer or other named contact, schools have a duty to contact Childrens Services via the social care duty team to refer the child to a place of safety.
 
 
Attendance questions
 
Who can help?
Please contact Mrs Gibson or Mrs Parker in the Oasis or call 0113 3230010 for any queries on your child’s attendance.
 
What do I do if my child is ill or is unable to come to school?
Please ring the school on 0113 3230010 before 9.20am and let the office know the reason for your child’s absence. For persistent illness you may be asked for a Doctor’s appointment card.
 
What do I do if my child has a medical or dental appointment?
Please try to make appointments out of school hours. If this is not possible please ensure your child attends school until the appointment time and returns afterwards if possible. You will need to bring the appointment card/letter when you collect your child from school.
 
What do I do if I want to take my child on holiday during school time?
Meadowfield Primary school’s policy regarding holidays is as follows and is in line with new Government policy and the Temple Newsam Learning Partnership:
  • Parents/carers do not have the right to remove their children from school for a holiday
  • Holidays will NOT be authorised during term time. Holidays during term time will be recorded as unauthorised and a fine of £60 per parent per child may be issued by the local authority.
We strongly recommend that parents/carers only book holidays during our scheduled school holidays.
 
Children’s attendance is monitored closely in school and we will contact you if we have any concerns.

For further information please see our "Attendance policy"
 
 
Attendance Information
 
Any child with less than 90% attendance is now classed as a persistent absentee.
 
The more time a child misses from school, the more learning time is lost and the more difficult it can be for them to catch up.
 
We know that:
·         A child who arrives 10 minutes late each day loses 32½ hours learning time over a school year.
·         ½ a day’s absence per week is equal to almost 4 weeks of missed lessons during the school year.
·         Not all absences are for genuine illness. Some children are taken shopping, visit relatives or celebrate birthdays. THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE REASONS FOR ABSENCE.
·         Staying away from school can lead some children into truancy.
 
 
Attendance / Absence Table (information supplied by Children’s Services)
 
Attendance %
Absence per week/ fortnight
Absence per year
Absence over 5 years
95%
½ day a fortnight
2 weeks
¼ year
90%
½ day a week
4 weeks
½ year
85%
1½ days a fortnight
6 weeks
¾ year
80%
1 day a week
8 weeks
1 year
75%
2½ days a fortnight
10 weeks
1¼ years
70%
1½ days a week
12 weeks
1½ years
65%
3½ days a fortnight
14 weeks
1¾ years
60%
2 days a week
16 weeks
2 years
 

T. 0113 3230010 E. carol.cooke@meadowfieldclc.org Head Teacher. Mrs Helen Stout