At Oasis Academy, Skinner Street, we have the highest aspirations for your child: we know that every lesson counts towards your child’s achievement. We also know that you, as your child’s parent/carer, want your child to get on well in life. Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school every day on time. When children do not attend or are late, they:
- struggle to keep up with school work
- miss out on the social side of school life – especially at primary school. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.
What does the law say?
By law, all children of compulsory school age must get a suitable, full-time education. As a parent/carer, you are responsible for making sure this happens. Once your child is registered at Oasis Academy, you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. If your child fails to attend regularly – even if they miss school without you knowing – the Local Authority (LA) may take legal action against you. The LA is responsible for making sure that parents/carers fulfil their responsibilities, and the school must tell the LA if your child is regularly absent from school. As a parent/carer, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly. You run the risk of being prosecuted by the LA if your child’s attendance is poor.
The Government’s minimum standard for primary school attendance is 96%.
- Make sure your child arrives at school on time every day.
- Take an interest in what is happening for your child in school. Ask them about their day and praise and encourage their achievements at school.
- Help your child keep to routines and regular bedtimes – remember no screen-time at least an hour before bed!
- Habits are formed early. It is much more difficult to get your child to school regularly if you have let them stay off “just this once..”
- If you think you might need to take your child out of school, discuss the reasons with the school as early as possible. Reasons such as family bereavement would be acceptable for short absences. Unacceptable reasons for missing school include shopping and birthdays.
- If your child is ill or absent for any other reason, contact the school on the first day of absence – you can either phone the school on 01634 850213 or email email@example.com or contact Mrs Ewing, Family Support Worker on 07917165781.
- Follow the school’s procedures for notifying absence, and always let the school know of any days that your child is unable to attend. Provide medical evidence for appointments.
- If you are not sure whether your child is well enough to come to school, bring them in anyway. We’ll contact you if they don’t perk up.
- If you suspect that your child may be missing school or is unhappy at school, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can work with you to resolve any difficulties.
- Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of them missing school and be on the alert for any particular reasons for non-attendance, such as friendship issues or problems with school work, please discuss these with us as early as possible.
Running late? Just get here as soon as you can, phone if possible.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
Check the school website for holiday dates, inset days and special events
REMEMBER- PLEASE ASK MRS EWING, YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER, FOR HELP AND ADVICE IF YOU NEED IT. SHE IS HAPPY TO HELP!
Holiday in school time
You do not have automatic right to withdraw your child from school for a family holiday. The holiday will be classed as “unauthorised” and parents/carers may have penalty notices issued by the Attendance Advisory Service (AAS).
Monitoring Attendance – we operate a first day response
Oasis Skinner Street Primary School has a ‘five-step’ approach to monitoring absence and lateness. It will not always be appropriate to progress through all of these steps or even to carry them out in the order listed.
1.Telephoning you at home on the first day of absence by the Family Support Worker.
If we cannot contact you, we may carry out a home visit- we need to know your children are safe.
2. Weekly checking of attendance and meetings with the Educational Welfare Officer.
3. Referring low attendance to the Educational Welfare Officer.
4. Inviting parents/carers to meet with the Principal/Family Support Worker and/or the Educational Welfare Officer.
5. Prosecution by the Local Authority if attendance does not significantly improve.
Lateness will also be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer and can provide grounds for prosecution.
Unauthorised absences / holidays and Penalty Notices
As from 1 September 2013 The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 increased the current amounts of penalty notices payable by parents/carers. These will apply to any parent/carer who fails to ensure the regular attendance of their child.
The amount stated on the penalty notices has increased from £50 to £60 (for each child) for those who pay within 28 days, and from £100 to £120 for those who pay within 42 days. The Attendance Advisory Service will issue a penalty notice to EACH parent/carer of EACH child.
Parents are expected to notify the school on the first day of their child’s absence, either by:
- telephoning the school office on 01634 850213 or Family Support Worker, Mrs Ewing on 07917165781. The office is staffed from 8:00am
- send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- a note with an older brother or sister
We will contact you if your child is not in school and we have not had a reason for absence, it is therefore essential that we have a current number on which to contact you.
We will require a call on each and every subsequent day of absence.
If your child suffers with an upset stomach please be aware the school policy is that your child remains off school for 48 hours from the last bought of sickness or diarrhoea.