Attendance figures for Autumn Term 2017
Our school’s target for the 2017 / 2018 school year is 97%. Together we can achieve it.
Last year our attendance was 95.77%.
Why is Regular School Attendance so Important?
Rougham Primary School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.
Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:
Rougham Primary monitors the attendance of every child in the school and in
partnership with the Education Welfare Officer, we will work and support those
children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:
Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson. The bell is rung at 8.45am each morning. We expect all children to be in school ready for registration at 8.50am. If children arrive at school after registration but before 9.00 they will be registered as late. If they arrive after 9.00am this will be registered as an unauthorised absence.
The office staff keep a detailed record of each child’s attendance. If any child’s attendance slips below 93% then a note is made and the headteacher will speak to the parents concerning this. The EWO visits school regularly and may also contact parents if they notice any persistent absences.
At Rougham Primary School we like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Each term a House trophy is awarded to the House with the best attendance. Details of each classes attendance is displayed in the entrance area.
When does my child need to be in School?
Your child should be at school in good time for registration. The bell will go at 8.45 each morning to mark the start of the school day and your child should be ready to line up and walk into school at this time. Morning register will be called promptly at 8.50am and the afternoon register at 12.50pm-KS1 & 1.05pm–KS2.
What happens if my child is late?
Registration finishes at 9am in the morning and 1pm-KS1 & 1.15pm-KS2 in the afternoon.
If you child arrives between 8.50am and 9am he/she will be marked late
If your child arrives after 9am he/she will be marked as unauthorised absence
Pupils who arrive after registration should report to the school office, and sign the Late Book. If a pupil is late on several occasions a meeting will be arranged with a member of staff to discuss reasons/ difficulties for lateness.
Does the School need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?
We expect a parent to telephone the school on the first day of absence. If you do not phone us, we will text/phone you. However, we need a written explanation on your child’s return to school. If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence, and this will be shown on your child’s end of year report.
What reasons will the school accept for absences?
Emergency dental/medical appointment that cannot be arranged out of school hours. Please make routine appointments after school or during the holidays.
Day of religious observance
Close family bereavement
Except in the case of illness, you should ask for permission for your child to miss school well in advance, giving full details. In cases of recurring absences through illness you may be asked to produce a medical certificate.
What is unacceptable?
The school will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays or looking after brothers or sisters etc.
Will the school contact me if my child is absent?
The school operates a first day response to absences: we will text/phone you if we have not heard from you. This is because we believe it is our responsibility to ensure your child’s safety as well as their regular school attendance.
If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.
Can we take family holidays during term time?
Family holidays will not be authorised during term time except in limited and exceptional circumstances. Circumstances where a leave of absence will be considered include:
The parent is a member of the armed forces or emergency services and his or her leave is limited for operational reasons and cannot be taken in school holidays;
When an exceptional family crisis occurs and a leave of absence is requested.
Requests for holidays for the following reasons will not be authorised:
cheaper cost of holiday;
availability of the desired accommodation;
poor weather experienced in school holiday periods; and
overlap with beginning or end of term.
The school will refer cases of unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more within a 12 week period to the Education Welfare Officer. The local authority has the power to issue penalty notices and fines to parents when a pupil's absence has not been authorised by the school.
I am thinking about sending my child on an extended absence for an overseas to visit relatives. What should I do?
The school recognises that such absence can be important for children to keep in touch with their extended family. Contact the headteacher as soon as possible to discuss the best time for such a visit.
Where possible, you should arrange the visit for the school holidays. The school would strongly recommend that such absences do not take place during your child’s SATs years (Years 2 and 6). You need to complete an application form for extended leave of absence and if the Headteacher then approves the visit, the school will set work for your child to complete while away.
What can I do to encourage my child to attend school?
Make sure your child gets enough sleep and gets up in plenty of time each morning. Ensure that he/she leaves home in the correct clothes and properly equipped. Show your child, by your interest, that you value his/her education. Your child will bring home a homework/reading diary each evening. Please ensure you look at it with your child and sign it ready for the next day.
My child is trying to avoid coming to school. What should I do?
Contact your child’s class teacher and the headteacher immediately and openly discuss your worries. Your child could be avoiding school for a number of reasons – difficulties with school work, bullying, friendship problems, family difficulties. It is important that we identify the reason for your child’s reluctance to attend school and work together to tackle the problem.
In some cases, you may find it helpful to discuss the circumstances of your child's difficulties with an Education Welfare Officer. The school may also refer you to an Education Welfare Officer who works with staff and families if difficulties with attendance arise. The Education Welfare Service can be contacted on 01473 265364 and further information can be found on the Suffolk County Council website: