Attendance and Absence
Our target for attendance is 96%.
Last year our whole school attendance was 95.1%, we have some great ideas about how we can work together to beat our target this academic year.
In the Summer term our attendance was 95.1%, this is just below our target of 96%! Hopefully we can achieve this in our first school term!
Last weeks whole school attendance was 95.1%, we were just below our target. The class with the highest attendance was Year 3 with 96.9%, which mean Miss Honey, our attendance bear, will be wearing the skeleton outfit all week. Well done Year 3, keep up the good work!
St Matthew’s has a NEW Attendance Policy that you should read and understand. It is important that school has a minimum of two emergency contacts for your child, this should be updated with any changes as soon as possible. If your child is absent it is important that you contact school first thing in the morning. If your child is absent for a number of days you should contact school on the morning of each day and follow up the absence with a letter once your child returns to school.
You can view our attendance policy via the link below.
Understanding types of absence:
Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.
Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no leave has been given. This includes:
- Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
- Absences which have not been properly explained
- Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
- Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
- Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed
Absence procedures – Parental responsibility:
- Inform the school office on the first day of absence (phone 0161-865-1284, text messaging service 07786208450, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or in person) indicating the reason for absence and the expected return date
- If child is unable to return on expected date, parent to inform school office
- Provide copies of medical appointment letters or cards
If absences become a concern:
- Initial issues are raised by letters to parents/carer
- If absences persist parent/carer is invited in to discuss support with the Pastoral Lead Mrs Cavanagh
- If this fails to achieve required improvements then the matter is referred to the Education and Welfare Officer (EWO)
- Holidays are not permitted during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances
- Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Fixed Penalty Notice.
- If you require a period of leave for your child please submit this request in writing to the headteacher as soon as possible prior to the leave.
Why punctuality is so important:
- Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses.
- Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson.
- Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and are embarrassed to walk into class once it has started.
- Children that arrive late are developing bad habits. It sets up your child for the future; whether at primary school, secondary school, college or work. They could lose their place or job if they think it is acceptable to be late.
Classroom doors open at 8.40 and lessons begin at 8.45. The register is taken twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session. Children will receive a late mark if they are not in class by 8.50am. The register officially closes at 9.15am, after which time pupils arriving without good reason will be marked as U which counts as a legal absence.
For any pupils where punctuality continues to be a problem, parents/carers are invited in to meet with the Pastoral Lead Mrs Cavanagh.