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Attendance And Lateness

It is very important that the children on time at the beginning of the school day. 
When children are late it can be very disruptive to both the latecomers and their classes.
Infants (Reception to Year 2) - 8.55 am to 3.25 pm
Juniors (Year 3 to Year 6) - 8.50 am to 3.30 pm 
It is also important that your child has a good attendance record as time off school can significantly affect their learning. Our attendance target for the year means that all pupils with an attendance rate below 
90% will be contacted and may need to meet with a representative of the local authority.

The infant main door will close at 9.00 am and the junior cloakroom door will close at 8.55 am.
After this time Infant children need to enter through the fire doors and junior children through the main entrance.
Registers open at 8.55 am and close at 9.00am.


Highfield Hall Primary School Governing Body

Attendance Statement July 2017


The governors wish to thank the vast majority of parents who manage to get their children to school on time - and never forget to notify school of the reasons for an absence. Levels of absence have improved this year and the majority of you should be congratulated on this but we still have 20 children whose attendance is below 90% who are therefore counted as persistent absentees. The governors will use all the powers open to them to deal with these families so that our figures are even better next year.


Why regular attendance is so important:

Regular absence or lateness will seriously affect your child's learning, it may also disrupt teaching routines and may affect the learning of others in the class.

Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility, an absence from school without a good reason is an offence in law and may result in prosecution.


Persistent absenteeism:

A pupil becomes a ‘persistent absentee’ when they miss 10% or more schooling across the school year for whatever reason. The Governing Body has instructed the Headteacher to report all persistent absentee cases to the appropriate authorities who will then take steps that can lead to a fine, and in some cases a court appearance and a conviction.


Holidays in term time:

There is no automatic entitlement in law to holidays in school time.


All applications for leave must be made in advance and at the discretion of the school a maximum of 10 days in any academic year may be authorised under certain circumstances. The Governing Body has instructed the Headteacher to ensure that any request for a holiday where there is a record of unacceptable levels of absence and/or lateness is not to be authorised. Where attendance is below 90%, or where it was below 90% the previous year, no leave of absence will be authorised.


Any holiday taken without the agreement of the school will be classed as unauthorised. The local authority will then issue a fine per child, for each parent, who take unauthorised holidays in term time.  


                   The Governing Body   Highfield Hall Primary School     July 2017


Attendance Policy 2014