Punctuality and Attendance
At St. Matthew's we know that attendance is a major factor which impacts directly on how well children do at school. It is a major focus nationally at the moment and the aim is that more children will reach their potential through improved attendance and punctuality. It is a parent/carer’s legal responsibility to ensure the child attends school daily. The school’s target for attendance is 95%. This is reasonable accepting that children do get ill throughout the year, however even despite this, consistent attendance should result in attendance of a percentage similar to 95%.
As we understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality on children's education, here at St. Matthew's we celebrate and reward excellent attendance and punctuality.
We want to raise the profile of attendance and to inform you of our current practice.
School begins at 8.55am. After this time, children are late. Registers close at 9.30am and if children arrive after this time, with no arranged reason, the session will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Children who arrive between 9.00am and 9.30am are marked as late.
Please contact the school if your child has an appointment or is unwell and leave a message for each day of the child's absence.
Please note that repeated appointments and extended or very frequent illness will be investigated both by the school’s
Learning Mentors and the county’s Education Welfare Officer.
If we receive no message, a phone call home will be made to make sure children are safe. (a reminder, we must have at least two emergency contact numbers on file for each child.)
We are not authorised to allow holidays in term time. Fines from Lancashire County Council will be applied. Please see the office for more details.
Attendance below 90% will be followed up in letter form, as will persistent lateness. The purpose of the letter is to alert parents as to their child’s attendance rate and they can then compare this with the target.
Children who are often late with no valid reason miss many hours of school when totaled up and again this has an impact on achievement.
Our Education Welfare Officer will also monitor our registers and will follow up poor attendance and lateness. We are duty bound to refer attendance below 80% to this service.
Failure to improve attendance or lateness may result in a fixed penalty notice and prosecution.