Holidays & Attendance
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Attendance is key to your child’s learning.
Coming to school is a large part of a child’s life. They learn through play and other activities and develop social skills which are essential elements of growing and achieving.
|Year Group||% Attendance|
|Overall School Attendance 2016 - 2017||93.2%|
We have a target set by Ofsted to improve the attendance of children at St James. Last year our whole school attendance was 93.2%. This is significantly below the target of 96%. This academic year (2017-2018) we aim to reach this target. We will send letters to all parents half termly to let you know what attendance level your child has achieved in the previous half term, along with a print out of their attendance.
It is vital that children arrive on time every day so they are ready to learn and do not miss any key learning. We open the doors at 8.50am for a prompt 8.55am start. The moment your child enters their classroom their learning begins, so please help us to maximise your child’s learning potential each and every day.
Absence from School During Term Time
In September 2013, the Department for Education removed the discretion for Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of family holidays during term time. Therefore, leave of absence will not be granted during term time and taking a family holiday or any extended leave, other than for sickness could lead to a fixed penalty fine. This is also reinforced by the Academy Trust.
Our school attendance is well below the national average. If children are absent from school we would ask that you telephone school on the morning of the absence to inform us of the reason for the absence. Children will be marked as unauthorised absence if we are not informed. From September 2015, an attendance figure of below 90% will be classed as a persistent absentee. This could result in a referral to the local authority’s educational social work service. If you are concerned about your child’s attendance, please contact the school office who will provide practical advice, help and support to improve your child’s attendance and punctuality. The national average attendance is 96% and we aim to reach this standard. In the academic year of 2016/2017 our whole school attendance was 93.2%. We will send letters to all parents half termly to let you know what attendance level your child has achieved in the previous half term.
If a child cannot take part in games or PE lessons, either through injury, illness or lack of kit please send a note to the teacher concerned.