St Andrews CE Primary School believes that the regular education of all children, irrespective of age, gender, race or ability is crucial to each and every pupil. Regular attendance allows every child access to an education to which they are entitled by law. We aim to achieve 96% attendance each academic year and encourage high levels of attendance and punctuality for all.
Parents must ensure that their children are educated, for all parents this means registering their child with a school. Parents can be fined or prosecuted if they fail to ensure that their child regularly attends school. To ensure that each child has a good attendance of 96% and there are systems in place to help support parents and school.
The school day starts at 8.50am, with doors open from 8.40am for children to attend Active Learning in their classrooms. Arrival after 8.50am until 9.20am would result in a late mark in the register for your child with the number of late minutes recorded. Arrival after 9.20am would be classed as an unauthorised late mark and could result in a fixed penalty notice after 10 occasions.
Illness absences must be reported to the school office by 9.30am each day of the child's absence. Illness absences of more than 3 consecutive days could result in a home welfare visit by our Family Wellbeing Coordinator. Long absences for illness would require information from a GP stating that your child is unwell and should not attend school for a given period of time. If a parent fails to contact school regarding an absence a text will be sent requesting that contact is made with school. School will also telephone parents to ascertain the reason for an absence. Failure to contact school could also result in an unauthorised absence.
Non emergency medical appointments, for example a dental check up, during school hours are discouraged. Any medical appointment that needs to be taken during the school day will only be authorised with a medical note, letter or appointment card.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are extenuating circumstances and then only at the discretion of the head teacher. All requests for leave must be in writing, forms are available from the school office.
Fixed penalty notices are £120 per parent per child, reducing to £60 if paid within 21 days of the notice being issued. School will apply for a fixed penalty notice after 5 days unauthorised absence (10 sessions).