Attendance and Punctuality at St Peter's
St Peter’s CE Primary is fully committed to recognising, respecting, promoting and implementing the Rights of the Child as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a Rights Respecting School, we strive to place the Rights of the Child at the very heart of our policies and practices.
Article 28 ‘You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.’
At St Peter’s we know that every hour of every school day counts. We believe that regular and consistent attendance at school is vital to ensure that your child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, both academically and socially. We believe establishing good attendance and time-keeping habits early in life is good preparation for secondary school and for adult life.
If your child is absent you must:
- Contact us before 9.30am on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence.
- Send a note in on the first day your child returns with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us.
- Or, you can report to reception and a member of staff will speak to you and provide you with a form to fill in. (Appendix A) If no reason is given, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
- For absences of 3 days or more a medical letter or note must be provided.
If your child is absent we will:
- Telephone or text you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you.
- If we have not heard from you after three days and have been unable to reach you using contact details provided by you then we will contact the police to report your child as missing.
- Initially contact you if your child’s attendance falls below 93%. (Appendix B)
- Invite you in to discuss the situation with the Attendance Leader if absences persist.
- Refer the matter to the Education Welfare Officer via the Westminster Early Help team if attendance falls below 85%.
The minimum level of attendance for this school is 96%
Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of every day they can miss work and the opportunity of hearing vital information and news, and sharing class time with their friends.
Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons. Your child may also be embarrassed by arriving late and may fall into absenteeism in order to avoid the ordeal.
- The school day begins at 8.55am and we expect your child to be in the class line when the bell is rung;
- Registers are marked from 9am and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by the time the register is taken;
- You must come to the school office to sign in the late book giving a reason for lateness.
- Lateness will be monitored every Friday and if your child has two or more late marks that week you will be sent a letter and your child’s lateness monitored. (Appendix C)
- If your child has a persistent late record of ten or more lates over a four week period you will be asked to meet with the Inclusion Leader to resolve the problem.
- If lateness persists a referral will be made to the Education Welfare Office to support the family.
- At the end of the day if your child is collected late on more than one occasion without prior warning, you will be sent a letter and late pick up will be monitored. (Appendix D)
- If the problem persists this may mean that you could face the possibility of a penalty notice