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Central to the Gipsy Hill Federation's aims are attendance for our students. Our schools have the following policies:
We recommend that children are in line for 8:55am. Teachers come into the playground at this time and start to bring the children to the classrooms. Teachers will register their children from 9:00am. Children arriving in school between 9:01am and 9:09am are recorded as late and given a code L. Children who arrive in school from 9:10am onwards are recorded as late and given a code U – this is an unauthorised absence. 10 or more unauthorised absences in a 3 calendar month period will result in a fine of £60, so it is best to avoid code U. If your child is late due to a medical appointment this is recorded as code M on production of the appointment card. Without an appointment card it will remain as L or U.
We recommend that children are in line for 9:10am. Teachers come into the playground at this time and start to bring the children to the classrooms. Teachers will register their children from 9:15am. Children arriving in school between 9:16am and 9:24am are recorded as late and given a code L. Children who arrive in school from 9:25am onwards are recorded as late and given a code U – this is an unauthorised absence. 10 or more unauthorised absences in a 3 calendar month period will result in a fine of £60, so it is best to avoid code U. If your child is late due to a medical appointment this is recorded as code M on production of the appointment card. Without an appointment card it will remain as L or U.
Drop-off and Collection
At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents. If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset.
To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike-racks. If you do need to travel by car, please park wisely.
The school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm.
Every class has 30 minutes of reading every day
The school day starts at 09:15 am and finishes at 3.30pm.
Every class has 30 minutes of reading every day
Information for parents and carers concerning holidays during term time
Children of school age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend that school regularly. Regular attendance is important, not just because the law requires it but because it is the best way of ensuring that a child makes the most of the educational opportunities which are available to him/her. There may be occasions when a child has to miss school – for example if he or she is unwell. Any other absences should be kept to an absolute minimum. In particular, parents must avoid taking their children out of school during term time in order to go on holiday.
The law makes it clear that parents do not have any right or entitlement to take a child out of school for the purpose of a term time holiday. The regulations do state that Headteachers may, in certain special circumstances, grant up to 10 school days leave in a school year, but parents should not expect such leave to be granted as a right. Indeed at the federation as of October 2007, in most cases Heads of schools will refuse to authorise leave. The Government’s own guidance on the issue of term-time holidays states:
"Parents should not normally take pupils on holiday during term time".
The federation has a very strict policy about term time holidays. Our policy as of October 2007 is to refuse all applications for holidays during term time. The law clearly states that a parent has no right to expect 10 days of holiday absence and that it is at the discretion of the school.
PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS AND THEN TELL US YOU ARE GOING – WE WILL NOT AUTHORISE EXCEPT IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
We are judged for our attendance figures by OfSTED at each inspection, ad we are required by law to publish our attendance figures to the Department for Children and Schools. As a school an organisation, most sites in the federation are now judged to be outstanding in every category. As a organisation, we do not accept that our children will miss out on their education due to holidays during term time. We are at school for 190 days in the year. That still leaves 175 days for holidays.
Go to the office and ask for a special leave form – this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of your proposed leave dates. Fill in the form for the attention of your head of school. You should expect to hear from us within 5 working days. Term time holidays will NOT BE GRANTED unless there are exceptional circumstances which might justify it.
It is the decision of heads of school as to what might constitute exceptional circumstances and each request for term time leave will be considered on an individual basis.
Exceptional leave is NOT:
Exceptional leave MAY be:
If your child is out of school for between 1/2 (half) day and 10 days then you will receive a fine of £60 per child. If your child remains out of school for more than 10 days then you risk losing your child's place. This is because we can off-roll if the absence is unauthorised and we don't know where your child is officially. If you do lose your child's place in our school you are then responsible for finding another school place.You would be welcome to reapply to us either directly or through Lambeth.
If the time out school makes your child's attendance drop below 85%, then they are known as 'persistently absent'. This means that the Government has given schools new powers to deal with this through the courts. This means facing possible prosecution. However, Crawford families note Southwark do not issue fines, they take you straight to court.
Please don't take your child out of school during term time, it disrupts your child's learning and you risk penalties - thank you.
If we do authorise a special leave of absence under exceptional circumstances, you must understand the likely educational impact upon your child. We will also explain what work your child will miss at school, and agree with you how this may be addressed, either during the holiday or upon your return. Taking work with you on special leave is no substitution for classroom teaching.
If we do authorise your leave you will receive a letter on school headed paper detailing when your child will be absent and the agreed date for return. It will be signed only by head of school. A copy will be kept in the file in the office for our records.
This letter is your proof that the special leave has been authorised – so it is important you keep it safe should you need to show it to our members of staff.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE ASK YOUR HEAD OF SCHOOL.
WE ARE FULL IN MOST YEAR GROUPS AT PRESENT SO IF YOUR CHILD IS OFF-ROLLED THEN IT IS VERY UNLIKELY THAT THEIR PLACE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THEIR RETURN.
We understand that children do become sick and on occasion need to stay at home to recover. This is perfectly acceptable and we ask that parents call in and tell us if this is happening. We can then authorise the absence under code I. If your child is ill for more than 3 days in a row then we require medical evidence in order to authorise any further days of absence. This means that if your child is absent from school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can call us each day to let us know that they are ill, but if they continue to be ill on Thursday then we will require medical evidence. Another example is if they are ill on Thursday, Friday and Monday, then medical evidence is required from Tuesday. If you do not call in or do not bring in medical evidence the absence is unauthorised and 10 or more unauthorised absences in a 3 calendar month period will lead to a fine of £60. It is always best to phone in and tell us if your child is ill.
Some parents may be asked to bring in medical evidence every time their child is ill, even it is just ½ day. You will be notified by the school in writing if this applies to you.
This is not a 'sick note'. Please do not ask your GP to write something just for you. The federation does not require it and your GP will likely say NO or charge you.
All we require is one of the following. These are readily available when you go to your doctor:
If you would like to talk to someone about your child’s attendance at school we have a large team of people who can help and support you. Please call in at any of the school offices and request an appointment about attendance. We will take your details and get back to you as soon as we can.
We will publish termly attendance figures for Kingswood, Paxton, Elm Wood, Fenstanton, Crawford and Glenbrook Primary school below. First publication due end of Autumn Term 2015.