Attendance and Punctuality (including medicine in school)

attend.PNGA big thank you to all our families who take attendance and punctuality seriously. We are really grateful to you for getting your child in on time so that they can learn as much as they possibly can. Breakfast club opens every weekday from 8.00am. School doors open from 8.40am and children start learning in class from 8.50am. This year, we are really going to AIM HIGH with our attendance!

Our target for the whole school attendance is 97%.

Every child has the right to attend school every day. Casual attendance and frequent absence really has a detrimental effect on children’s education and emotional development. At St James CE Primary School everyone has their part to play in ensuring that all children attend regularly.

We want our school to have the best attendance, so that our children can learn as much as they possibly can. 

This is achieved by: 

Parent / Carer responsibilities: 

To ensure their child attends school regularly and on time. 
To inform school preferably between 8:30am and 8:45am on the first day of a child’s absence. 
To keep in contact with the school should there be difficult home circumstances requiring support from the school. 
To not take holidays during term time as these will be unauthorised and a penalty notice may be issued. (Holidays are strictly not allowed in term time)
To ensure the school has three current emergency contact names and numbers. The child should know these 3 people. 
To take medical and dentist appointments outside school time if possible. 
To co-operate with the school in our aim to improve attendance. 

The School’s Responsibilities: 

Inform parents of their responsibilities for maintaining regular attendance for their child. 
Inform parents regularly of their child’s attendance using the traffic light system. 
97-100% - Good - Outstanding - GREEN LIGHT
93-96.9% - Satisfactory - AMBER LIGHT
92.9% and below - Unsatisfactory - RED LIGHT

We aim to support any family in difficulties or crisis. 
Refer families requiring support to school's Attendance Team or the Education Welfare Team as necessary. 
We will actively seek Court Prosecution when needed, but we do this as a very last resort. 
We value and reward good attendance; weekly, half termly, termly and annually through certificates, praise in assembly, rewards and a class attendance treats. 
We will be inform you if your child is regularly late for school and we will request from parents an explanation. Parents/carers will be invited into school to discuss this concern with the Attendance and Pastoral Support Officer/Deputy Headteacher/Headteacher, in the hope of resolving the problem. 

To raise standards, please be aware, letters will be sent from the school's Attendance Team  if there are any concerns. 

Research shows that the closer a school and family work together the more likely a child will succeed. 


If your child needs medicine, prescribed by a doctor, to be adminsitered in school, please complete a 'medincine in school' form at the school office. 



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