ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
At Delph Side we aim to instil a passion for learning that empowers our pupils to be successful and exceed expectation so that they develop into confident, caring individuals that are well equipped to take the future in their stride.
To support our Delphsiders in achieving their potential, we expect that pupils and parents take pride in their daily attendance and aim to reach our target of 97% across the academic year. To facilitate this, we offer a Breakfast Club and open our doors at 8.45 to a welcoming morning task, to help everyone to settle comfortably into the school day in good time.
Our target for the whole school attendance is 97%.
Every child has the right to attend school every day, and the law states that regular attendance in an education setting is a requirement. Broken weeks of attendance, and unreasonable absences often lead to a child's wellbeing, devleopment and progress in learning being hindered over time. To avoid this, we believe that it is everyone's responsibility to play their part in ensuring that all children attend regularly.
We believe each person of our school community has a role and responsibility for improving attendance in this school, such as:
Ensure children attend regularly and punctually Contact school on 1st day of absence
Avoid any leave in term time and apply in advance using form if the reason for leave is unavoidable/exceptional
Attendance at meetings in school
Participation in Parenting Contracts and Common Assessment Framework, and cooperate in support and interventions offered by school or other agencies
Acknowledge behaviour needed out of school, e.g. early bedtime Attend school/registration punctually
Speak to parents/teacher if issues arise that may have an effect on school attendance
Cooperate and participate in interventions and support offered by school or other agencies
Headteacher / School Attendance Lead:
Take the lead in ensuring attendance has a high profile within the school Ensure there are designated staff with day-to-day responsibility for attendance matters
Ensure adequate, protected time is allocated to discharge these responsibilities
Take overall responsibility for ensuring the school confirms to all statutory requirements in respect of attendance
Consider each request for leave against the school's criteria, decide whether some or all of the leave will be authorised and notify parents of this decision.
Where there may be ambiguity regarding an absence, make the decision whether or not to authorise an absence or to request further evidence to support the decision- making process
First day response: Contact parents if a reason for absence has not been provided
Input and update the attendance registers
Regularly identify and monitor pupil, class and whole school attendance and punctuality levels, particularly that of vulnerable groups
Regularly communicate pupil attendance and punctuality levels to parents Work with children and parents to remove barriers to regular and punctual attendance and use Parenting Contracts where appropriate
All School Staff:
Provide a welcoming atmosphere for children and provide a safe learning environment
Ensure an appropriate and responsive curriculum
Provide a sympathetic response to any pupils' concerns
To be aware of factors that can contribute to non-attendance to see pupils' attendance as the responsibility of all school staff Participate in training regarding school systems and procedures
Adopt the whole-school policy and review regularly
Monitor the consistent implementation of the attendance policy
Set aspirational targets for improving the school's attendance figures
Work with the Headteacher in establishing criteria against which leave requests will be considered. This is important to ensure the process is equitable and consistent.
As a school, we reserve the right to:
- Inform parents of their responsibilities for maintaining regular attendance for their child.
- As Inform parents regularly of their child’s attendance using the traffic light system.
- 97-100% - Good - Outstanding - GREEN LIGHT
- 93-96.9% - Satisfactory - AMBER LIGHT
- 92.9% and below - Unsatisfactory - RED LIGHT
- We aim to support any family in difficulties or crisis.
- Refer families requiring support to Lancashire's Pupil Attendance Support Team
- Actively seek Court Prosecution when needed, but we do this as a very last resort.
- Reward good attendance; weekly, half termly, termly and annually through certificates, praise in assembly, rewards and a class attendance treats as required.
- Inform parents of lateness and the impact of lateness.
- Arrange supportive meetings to discuss attendance concerns.
Administering medicine in school
If your child needs medicine, prescribed by a doctor, to be administered in school, please complete a medical consent form at the school office, and we can administer medication to your child. In many cases, this prevents unnecessary absences and often helps the child to maintain their learning, their friendships and helps them to feel included and on-track in their learning.