School percentage attendance information is communicated to parents via the school newsletter: Newsletters

We view regular attendance as a vital part of a child's academic and social success. The school seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education make the most of their opportunities to realise their full potential.

All staff work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually. We can help with advice and support if you are experiencing any issues around attendance and punctuality.

Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by the parent. The school has a legal duty to promote attendance and is required to publish attendance figures.

Please contact the school office by 9am if your child will be absent from school that day.

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school, (not by the parents), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness or other unavoidable cause.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no 'leave' has been given. This includes:

Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily, eg. shopping trips.

Truancy before or during the school day

Absences which have never been properly explained.

Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark.

Holidays in term time over and above ten days.

Occasionally a child may be reluctant to attend school. Any problems with regular attendance are best sorted out between the school, the parents and the child. If a child is reluctant to attend, it is never better to cover up their absence or to give in to pressure to excuse them from attending. This gives the impression that attendance does not matter and may make things worse.

Leave of Absence

Previous interpretations of the regulations where Head Teachers could grant pupils leave of absence of up to 10 days for the purpose of a week family holiday in term time has been interpreted by some parents as a right to an automatic two week term-time holiday. This is not
acceptable and the rules have been strengthened to prevent this happening.  For this reason the Government brought in new guidance tightening taking time off in term-time. Head Teachers are no longer permitted to authorise absence for holidays taken during term time. They are permitted to grant leave only in exceptional circumstances. If you think you have exceptional circumstances please talk to us without delay, before arrangements are entered into or money committed. Unauthorised absence may lead to the issue of a penalty notice, which carries a fine.

Punctuality

Being on time for school is important to your child's education. If a child is persistently late, they miss the start of lessons which may have a negative impact on their learning, confidence and
self-esteem. Lateness disrupts your child, their class and the staff working with them.School begins at 8.45, when the children come into school. Classroom doors close at 8.55, after which time children should enter through the main office.

Being 5 minutes late every day will result in your child losing around three learning days a year.

Being 15 minutes late every day equates to having two complete weeks off a year.

Being 30 minutes late daily equates to losing nineteen learning days a year.

Persistent lateness can result in a penalty notice being issued, which carries a fine.

 

School Closure

School closures will be announced as soon as the information has been verified and become available:

 

http://www.coventry.gov.uk/schoolclosures