Whitehouse Primary School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their true potential. The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.
Pupils can come into school from 8.40am and the school day starts promptly at 8.50am. If a child arrives at school after 8.50 a.m. without agreed prior arrangements they will be deemed late. Registers close at 9.00 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or exceptional circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Pupils arriving at school after 8.50 a.m. must enter through the main gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately chaperoned and signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the Attendance officer.
What is expected of parents?
- To keep requests for their child to be absent to a minimum
- To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence
- To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness
- To work closely with the Attendance officer (Victoria Gibson) to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance
- To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in special/exceptional circumstances
- To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as SATS
- To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements
Whitehouse Primary works closely with the Local authority attendance team to ensure that all children are attending school regularly.
Please see below useful guidance if your child is absent from school.
Absence due to illness
If your child is absent due to illness, school must be notified via the school app or by telephone call. We ask that you contact school, early each morning to notify school of the reason for the absence. If this information is not received the absence will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Please produce medical evidence where ever possible.
If your child is absent from school and there is no reason given, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
It is important that medical evidence is produced where ever possible as this can avoid absences being recorded as unauthorised. School need to be made aware of the location of your child in order to follow safeguarding procedures.
Absence due to medical/dental appointment
If your child has a medical/dental appointment during school hours a copy of the appointment card/letter needs to be submitted to school. This can be done via the school app or a copy can be taken at the school office.
Without this information the absence would not be able to be recorded as a medical absence and would be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Request for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances
If a leave of absence is required due to exceptional circumstances a request for a ‘leave of absence’ should be completed via the school app. On receipt of the request the Head Teacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances based on the individual facts and circumstances. Please submit as much supporting evidence as possible.
It is at the discretion of the Head Teacher whether the request is granted.
Request for holidays during term time
As you will be aware the government removed the right for a child to be absent from school for holidays therefore, if your child has a planned absence, a ‘leave of absence’ request must be completed via the school app. We ask that the request is submitted at least two weeks before the leave of absence is taken. Please be aware if you choose to take your child out of school for a holiday during term time, school may issue a penalty notice.
Attendance procedures/ Penalty notices
The Attendance Officer completes regular visits to our school and reviews the attendance and punctuality of all children. If a child’s attendance falls below 90% this can be classified as a Persistent Absentee and may trigger a warning letter or lead to attendance procedures/penalty notice.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s attendance or the school’s attendance procedures, please contact Victoria Gibson on 01642 678212.
At Whitehouse Primary we want to promote good attendance and give recognition to those children who attend school on a regular basis. In order for us to reward pupils for their dedication, we run an attendance rewards scheme.
Below are details of how your child can be rewarded for their attendance both individually and as a whole class team.
Whole class rewards
Those classes who achieve 98-100% attendance for the previous week, will be awarded with a gold star. This will be added to their class charts which will be displayed within each classroom.
Each class that achieves 98-100% weekly attendance will be rewarded with an extra playtime or alternatively a reward which has been decided between the children and their class teacher.
Individual attendance reward
Children who individually achieve 98-100% for a full term will be rewarded with a star badge and certificate. Below are details of how children can achieve badges.
1 term of 98-100%- Bronze badge
2 terms of 98-100%-Silver badge
3 terms of 98-100%- Gold badge
Individual – End of year attendance rewards
Pupils who achieve 98-100% attendance for the full academic year will be automatically added to the end of school attendance draw to win a bowling, cinema or family restaurant voucher to enjoy with their family.
Please note medical appointments will not impact pupil’s attendance and ability to achieve rewards.
If you have any questions about attendance please contact Mrs. Gibson on 07949612489/ firstname.lastname@example.org