Attendance Matters- Summary for Parents & Carers
Dear parents & carers,
With effect from September 2015 schools have been advised by the government’s Department for Education (DfE) that the Persistent Absence (PA) threshold will be reduced to 10%. Until this date it has been 15%. This means that if a child/young person has an overall attendance of 90% or less over a given period, they will be classified as a persistent absentee pupil.
I must remind you that as parents it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so may result in a penalty Notice being issued against you and/or legal proceedings being considered.
Before booking a holiday, remember you could be at risk of a fine if you take your child out during term time. This fine is £60/£120 per parent, per child. No holidays will be authorised in term time.
Please telephone the school everyday to report your child’s absence. Please try to phone before 9.30am. You can leave a message on the school answer phone stating child’s name, class and reason for absence.
If your child’s attendance is satisfactory, we will authorise three days illness. If your child is absent for more than three days, you will require medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s note, medical appointment card, prescription or details of any medicines taken. If evidence is not received, the mark will be recorded as unauthorised.
Please try to make all dentist, doctor, hospital, optician, orthodontist appointments, outside school hours where possible. If this is not possible please show evidence of appointment at school reception.
Attendance Letters Home- Cambridgeshire 3 Letter System
If your child’s absence falls below 96% ‘Letter 1’ may be sent to you. This is to inform you that your child’s absence is below the expected %. We will be monitoring to see an improvement in attendance.
If your child’s absence continues to fall ‘Letter 2 ‘ will be sent, where you will be invited to come along to school and discuss your child’s attendance with a member of our attendance team. These meetings are usually very beneficial and informative to parents and the school alike. At these meetings support is offered if required and strategies are discussed to help improve attendance where applicable.
You will be set an attendance target with possible issue of penalty notice if target not met.
If your child’s absence does not improve after the attendance meeting the Educational Welfare [EWO] will become involved and at this stage legal proceedings may begin.
Support for Parents
The school has a dedicated team who are happy to discuss any concerns or problems you may have regarding attendance. Please feel free to contact Mr Waller, who will be pleased to help.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Ms C Tayeg
Assistant Head Wellbeing