At Rose Street we are always trying to improve attendance and support families in getting children to school.
Are you having difficulties in the morning ensuring the children are at school on time? Are you experiencing financial difficulty in getting your children to and from school? Are you experiencing health issues at the moment that makes it difficult to keep to routine?
The more pupils attend school, the more they learn, and the better their life chances as they progress through school!
At Rose Street we believe that by talking to parents and helping improve attendance, together, we can ensure that your child is successful as they move into secondary school and through into later life! Please make an appointment with the Attendance Officer who will be happy to talk and offer support.
Together, we can make a difference to your child’s future!
In order for children to achieve their full potential at school, it is important that they attend school every day.
It is the parents’ legal responsibility to ensure their child arrives at school on time every day. Where ill health or other circumstances (such as bereavement) prevent this, parents must inform the school either by telephone, in writing or a note in the child’s contact book.
From February 2005, Kent Local Education Authority (LEA) introduced Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence from school at least 10 sessions (5 days) in a current term.
The following circumstances will be considered as appropriate reasons for the issuing of Penalty Notices:
Parentally condoned absence
Unauthorised Leave of Absence for a holiday
Delayed return from Leave of Absence without agreement
Persistent lateness after close of register
From September 2013 the Department for Education amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 removing the Head Teacher’s ability to authorise leave of absence for a family holiday. Requests for holidays in term-time will not be authorised as the Regulations only allow Head Teacher’s to authorise absence (leave) in “exceptional circumstances”.
Payment of a Penalty Notice from September 2013
£60.00 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, £120.00 per parent per child if paid BEFORE 28 days. Non-payment of a Penalty Notice may result in a prosecution process under the provisions of Section 444 or 444(1)A of the 1996 Education Act or under Section 103 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
Please note; The Penalty Notice applies to each child and each parent. For example where there are two parents in the household and one child, the Penalty Notice will be £240.00 reducing to £120.00 if paid within 21 days.
At Rose Street Primary School, we consider attendance and these new legal powers so important that we are bringing this to your attention.
Leave of absences will not be authorised in term time. In exceptional circumstances a request can be put in writing to the Head of School, this will be dealt with on a individual basis.
Why is it important for your child to attend school regularly?
- It gives your child the best possible start in life.
- They will be able to keep up with their learning.
- They will have better future employment prospects.
- They will be at less risk of becoming victims of crime.
- They will be less likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour.
- It is the law.
- Why is it important for your child to be punctual?
Persistent lateness can be legally counted as unauthorised absences, which can…..
- Cause disruption to the rest of the class.
- Cause embarrassment to the child.
- Make it harder for the child to settle as they may have missed vital instructions.
- Being 15 minutes late each day during an entire school year is the same as missing two whole weeks of school!
Each week the Attendance Teddy is rewarded to the class with the best attendance in Key Stage 1. The Attendance Trophy is rewarded to the class with the best attendance in Key Stage 2.
Classes that achieve above 98% attendance for the previous month are also rewarded with a day of Non-school uniform and a new game for wet play.