Bloxwich Academy Primary are committed to ensuring the highest possible school attendance for all pupils and understand that, in order to facilitate teaching and learning, good attendance is essential. Pupils cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend school.
To this end we will do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly. We will do this so that we can ensure that our children have the best possible chance to achieve at school and that they can begin their adult lives with at least the same chances as those others they will be competing with in their future lives of training and employment.
Legal Intervention Pathway
Pupils can come into school from 8.30am and the school day starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 9:00 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late. Registers close after 9.30 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Pupils arriving at school after 9:00 a.m. must enter through the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately chaperoned and signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance officer.
What is expected of the pupils?
· To respect themselves and others
· To do all they can to attend school regularly and punctually
· To inform a trusted adult if they feel that they are being bullied
· To encourage friendship and a sense of belonging
· To be happy and encourage others to feel happy
What is expected of the Parents?
· To keep requests for their child to be absent to a minimum
· To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence
· To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness
· To work closely with the school and Attendance Service (AS) to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance
· To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in exceptional circumstances.
· To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as SATS
· To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements
Pupils arriving at school after 8.45 a.m. must enter through the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately chaperoned and signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance officer.
Leave of Absence Procedures
As detailed in our Attendance Policy, and in line with DfE guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term other than when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important to discuss this with us as much in advance as possible so we can guide you through the process. However, where absence is unauthorised, it could lead to further action being taken including a penalty notice being issued.