A big thank you to all our families who are supporting our drive to improve attendance at Blair Peach. Poor attendance has a detrimental impact on pupils learning. Over a 5 year period a pupil whose attendance is 90% will have missed half of a school year. This is a lot of lost education! Improving attendance is a key priority in our School Improvement Plan. The pupil persistent absence (PA) rate at the school needs to be significantly reduced. The autumn term 2016 PA is recorded as 11.4% which is significantly higher than the national average. Our School Governors recently reviewed the schools attendance policy and agreed the introduction of a fine from the summer term for unauthorised leave of absence. Full copies of the policy are available from the school office.
Leave of Absence in term time
You are strongly advised not to take your child out of school during the school term. If however you decide to do so, a leave of absence form must be completed. You will need to meet with the Headteacher to discuss your request and arrange an appointment as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that if the absence is not authorised by the school, on your child’s return to school the paper work for a fine will be raised and forwarded to the Education Welfare Worker. Currently the fine stands at £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 per parent per child and if there is further non-payment after 28 days court action may be taken.
Forms must be completed and handed in to the school at least four weeks prior to the expected date of travel.
If a child is not present at the beginning of a school term, we cannot guarantee that a place will remain available on their return to school. You should make definite arrangements so that you return in good time. If you experience delays in returning from a trip within the UK or abroad, for whatever reason, the school will require documentary evidence in English (or translated) accompanied with proof of original return dates, i.e. tickets or travel documentation.
If term time leave is taken without prior permission from the school, the absence will be unauthorised. Unauthorised Absences are reported to the Local Authority. The School Attendance Service will contact you where unauthorised absence occurs.
Good punctuality is essential for children to achieve their full potential. Being punctual is a life skill and shows respect for others. It is also vital to form good habits for later life. We would ask parents to support us in maintaining punctuality by:
* Ensuring that their children get up in plenty of time to be ready and prepared for school
* Ensuring their child has organised their bag and equipment the night before so that this does not delay departure in the morning
* Discussing any issues of lateness with staff to ensure this does not become a habit
To promote good attendance the following will be in place in the school
- Good attendance certificates at the end of each half term for individual children and a class
- Golden table lunch time award
- End of year attendance trip