It's Good to be Green
Our attendance target at Alford Primary School is:
At Alford Primary School, we celebrate our attendance each week in our Star of Alford Primary School assembly. We have a league table race and whichever class achieves the best weekly attendance receives a certificate. At the end of each half term, we announce the overall league winners and this class receive a class reward!
We also have our 100% raffle. Each week every child who achieves 100% attendance goes into our weekly draw. At the end of each half term, every ticket is added to the grand draw for a chance to win a £10 Voucher! You have to be in it to win it!
At Alford Primary School we work closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly.
Our Home School Pastoral Officer is Mrs Hickinbottom, who monitors attendance of pupils and their punctuality.
School attendance and attainment are closely linked. Mrs Hickinbottom, supported by Miss Clark, work with
parents to ensure children reach their full potential by attending school regularly. They monitor the attendance of every child in school and work closely with the Inclusion & Attendance Team, at Lincolnshire County Council.
They are here to help and support you in getting your child into school, on time, and ready to learn! So we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
If you child fails to maintain attendance above 96%, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You should think about the negative impact upon the following:
- Their learning;
- Their friendships;
- Their self-esteem and confidence.
When we monitor Attendance, we look at the following traffic light system;
Did you know…
96% attendance is:
- 8 days absence per year from school
- the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years
95% attendance is:
- 10 days absence per year from school
- 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child’s primary school education
90% attendance is:
- 19 days absence per year from school
- 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career
ARE YOU Here On Time?
Lateness not only affects your child’s education – it doesn’t allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.
Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:
Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence.
Leave of Absence
The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.
All schools have received clarification from the Department of Education about children taking holidays during term time. As of September 2013, Headteachers are not able to authorise any holiday requests during school time.
If there are exceptional reasons (not holidays) for parents taking their children out of school, a meeting must be arranged with the Headteacher in order to discuss this. The Headteacher can then seek advice from the DfE.
For more information about attendance please read our Attendance Policy or if you need help or support with your child's attendance please do not hesistate to contact our Headteacher.
9:00am - 9:25am
Any child arriving after 9:25am will be unauthorised absence.