Attendance

We want to do all we can to support you in getting your child to school everyday.  We realise that at times this can be hard - the car breaks down; you fall ill... in these circumstances please get in touch with us and we'll do all we can to help you out.  

Our school aims for an attendance rate of 96.5%.  

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 1⁄2 weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 1⁄2 weeks absent from school 

Broken weeks and arriving late also has a significant impact on learning and feeling confident in school.

1st September 2020

Addendum to our attendance policy for period while the country is under special guidance due to the covid- 19 pandemic

It is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age to attend school unless:

  • They have been granted an authorised absence by the school in line with our normal attendance policy
  • They cannot attend school due to specific circumstances related to coronavirus (see sectionbelow)

 

Where ‘non-attendance in relation to coronavirus’ applies:

We will only accept ‘non-attendance in relation to coronavirus’ in circumstances where a pupil’s travel to, or attendance at, school would be:

  • Against guidance from Public Health England and/or the Department of Health and Social Care relating to the incidence of coronavirus or its transmission
  • Prohibited by any legislation or statutory directions relating to the incidence of transmission of coronavirus

For example:

  1. Pupil develops symptoms or lives with someone who does

The pupil’s parent/carer must notify the school on the first day that their child needs to self-isolate. The pupil will stay at home until they or the symptomatic person they live with receives their coronavirus test results.

If the pupil’s test result is negative: the pupil will return to school when they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus. They should continue to stay at home if they remain unwell (i.e. with a different illness).

If the person the pupil lives with tests negative: the pupil will stop self-isolating and return to school

  1. Pupil or a ‘close contact’ of theirs receives a positive test result

The pupil’s parent/ carer must notify the school about the positive test result as soon as possible. (Telephone the office- 01793 729740 or email office@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk ) Pupils who test positive must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and must only return to school when they no longer have symptoms (other than a cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste).

If a member of the pupil’s household or a ‘close contact’ tests positive, the pupil must self-isolate for 14 days. The pupil must do this from when the member of their household first had symptoms, or the day the pupil last met with the ‘close contact’ who received the positive result.

[Close contact is defined as:

  • Direct close contacts: face-to-face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre; including being coughed on, a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • Proximity contacts: extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person]

 

  1. Pupil has to quarantine after travel abroad

The parent/carer must notify the school if their child has to quarantine after travel to a country that is not on the government’s exemptions list.

The pupil must quarantine for 14 days on their arrival to the UK and return to school thereafter.

  1.  Pupil is required to shield during a local lockdown

The parent/carer will notify the school if they are advised by the government to stay at home and will provide proof of their shielding letter by sending a scan to      office@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk.

The pupil will stay at home until the shieling measures in the local area are paused. Once the shielding measures are lifted, we will contact the pupil’s parent/carer to set the expectation that they can return to school.

 

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The information below is from Swindon Borough Council and is a good reminder of how to support your child's attendance.

Every School Day Counts in Swindon! 

Attend, Enjoy and Achieve 

An A-Z of School Attendance: A Guide to Parents/Carers 

A. Appointments – Nearly all surgeries are open late and at weekends. Please try to arrange appointments after school. 

B. Being Bullied? – Please don’t keep your child off school. There are many people at school that are trained and want to help

C. Casual Absence – This means that children are being kept off school when they don’t need to be. For example: to go shopping for birthday treats or pretend sickness. 

D. Dinner Money – Prepare this the night before. It will save time the following morning

E. Encourage – Encourage your child to take part in out of school hours clubs, such as breakfast clubs. It allows them to experience new activities and meet new friends

F. Friendships – Friendships at school can stay with your child for the rest of their life. Days off school make it harder for your child to fit back into friendship groups

G. Good Attendance – This is the secret to your child’s success. Good attendance is anything above 95%. 

H. Happy Times – Schools days can be the best time of your child’s life. Don’t let them miss out

I. INSET - These are teacher training days. Your child is not at school these days so please find out when they are. Be aware that different school have different INSET days so don’t assume these will be the same for children at different schools. 

J. Jump for Joy! – Celebrate your child’s attendance achievements when they are rewarded for good attendance at school. 

K. Keep Fit – A healthy lifestyle means a healthy mind. A nutritious breakfast will give your child the energy they need for the rest of the day. Drinking plenty of water helps concentration too! 

L. Lateness – Being late disrupts teaching plans and your child will be embarrassed when they arrive in class after their friends. Arriving early to school will set them up for the day ready to learn! 

M. Missed Minutes – As little as 15 minutes late every day is equal to two weeks of lost learning per academic year. 

N. New Starters – It is important to get children into good patterns of attendance from an early age so these can be carried through into later life

O. Opportunities – It is not all Maths, English and Science. School is about learning how to be good citizens and treating others with respect. Children can also be part of many trips, clubs groups and teams 

P. Praise – Always look for the ‘positives’ in testing situation rather than the ‘negatives.’ Have a system at home to reward and praise good behaviour

Q. Question – Ask your child about rewards they may have received for good school attendance. 

R. Ring In! – Ring school as soon as you know your child is going to be absent or late

S. SATs – These are very important tests that your child will sit in Year 2 and 6. Absence leading up to or during this time puts your child at a significant disadvantage. 

T. Term Time Holidays – Children are out of school 175 days of the year. So there are plenty of days to take a holiday. Holidays during term time can cause your child to fall behind with work. 

U. Unauthorised Absence - This means that the school won’t authorise the time your child has been away for school. For example: late after register closed, holidays taken during term time or absences with no explanation. 

V. Volunteer – Volunteer your help to parents you know should they be struggling to get their child into school on time 

W. Website – Check out your schools website for information on holidays, school opening and closing times and information on what is going on at school

X. Xxxx – Show your child love and encouragement by asking them about their school day. 

Y. You – You are legally responsible for ensuring your child attends school. Your child will thank you one day for encouraging them to attend and achieve good results

Z. Zzzz – Early bedtimes make for early mornings and a better start to the school day.