At Hogarth Primary School we are working hard to keep attendance and punctuality at a high level. Clearly pupils who are not in school cannot learn and pupils who are late miss important introductions to lessons. Parents have an important role to play in ensuring their children attend and are on time each day. It is the parent’s legal obligation to ensure their child is here for registration on time each day. Research shows that there is a clear link between high attainment and good attendance in school. Therefore it is vital that students attend school every day.
The school has a number of support strategies in place to help ensure that all pupils can achieve their full potential, these include:
Children may only be 5 minutes late for school but these 5 minutes quickly add up. This table gives an indication of how much schooling a child may miss:
|Minutes Late per day during the school year||Equals days' worth of learning lost in a year|
|5 minutes||3.4 days|
|10 minutes||6.9 days|
|15 minutes||10.3 days|
|20 minutes||13.8 days|
What do pupils have to say on the matter?
Our children rightly identify that good attendance is of huge importance in ensuring all pupils reach their full potential.
'My parents won't let me take time off unless I am really ill. If I just have a cold they make me go to school'.
' I had too much time off last year and when my Mum and I came to parents evening we realised this was the main reason my levels were slipping. Now my attendance is much better and my levels have shot up'.
' I hate having time off because it is so difficult to catch up when I get back'.
' I felt really proud when I got a 100% attendance certificate in assembly'.
Working Together to Improve Attendance
Our aim at Hogarth Primary School is to raise attainment of all students through full attendance and by working in partnership with both Parents and the School Improvement and Attendance Service.
Our whole school attendance target is 95%. This is achievable if we all work together.
As a school we expect all students to achieve at least 95% attendance. Research suggests that attendance below this will have an impact on levels at SATs and grades at GCSE.
Our attendance officers are Mrs Kerry Owens and Mrs Vicky Trowbridge and part of their role is to ensure that students are punctual and attend school every day. Students who are absent on a regular basis can drop as many as 2 grades in their SATs and GCSEs. Part of Mrs Trowbridge's job entails contact with the Education Welfare service, parents and social services all working together to gain good attendance.
"The aim of our school is to achieve the best for our children, of which attendance plays a very important role".
What can you do to help?
Leave of Absence during term time
You do not have the right or entitlement to take a child out of school for the purposes of a term time holiday. The school will only agree to absence for a family holiday if we believe there are very special circumstances which warrant it. These circumstances may include:
There are a variety of reasons why leave of absence will not be granted e.g. attendance is below 92% in the current academic year, the request is during a test or examination period, the request is during the months of September, May, June or July as these months are vitally important to your child for social and academic reasons.
By law, all children must get a suitable full-time education. As a parent/carer you are legally responsible for making sure this happens by ensuring they attend school regularly. If your child does not go to school and there is no acceptable reason, the Local Authority can take legal action. You could be liable to a £2,500 fine per parent, per child, or imprisonment for up to 3 months or both. The parent of two children who attended our school a few years ago has recently been fined £600 for their children's non attendance
Our school is currently operating a staggered start and finish time due to the pandemic and to abide by the Government's social distancing requirements. Please see our "School Opening Times" for further information.
Registration times - . ALL PUPILS MUST BE IN FOR BOTH REGISTRATION PERIODS AND ON TIME OR IT WILL BE RECORDED AS AN ABSENCE OR LATE AFTER 15 MINUTES.
We understand that it is not always possible to get medical appointments outside school hours but where possible these should be kept to a minimum during school hours. The school requires a copy of medical appointment cards when appointments are during school hours. Students should NOT be absent for the whole day except in exceptional circumstances.