Why is attendance so important?
At Ox Close Federation, we recognise the vital importance of good attendance and punctuality and so great emphasis is placed upon this right from the start of your child’s education. Good attendance at school makes a big difference to learning and develops the wellbeing of the children. It is essential that parents inform school and Nursery as soon as they know that their child will be absent.
We have prepared some attendance leaflets for parents and we do hope that you find them informative and useful.
We are committed to working with you to support you so please do get in touch if we can help you in any way.
|Percentage||Days Absent||Comment||Achievement||Attendance Stage|
|Above 97%||Less than 6 days absence per year||Excellent attendance||Will almost certainly achieve full potential||CELEBRATE|
|95-96%||10 days absence per year||Missing 2 weeks of every school||Likely to achieve but could still improve||ENQUIRY|
|90-94%||19 days absence per year||Missing one month of school every year||Will be harder for the children to achieve their best||ENQUIRY|
|85-89%||29 days absence per year||Missing 6 weeks every school year||High risk of under achievement||ENQUIRY AND SUPPORT|
|80-84%||38 days absence per year||Missing a year of school over the time spent in Primary education||Almost impossible for the children to keep up||SUPPORT AND ENFORCE|
|BELOW 80%||More than 38 days absence per year||Missing over a year of school over the time spent in Primary education||Extreme impact on learning and development||SUPPORT AND ENFORCE|
A child is persistent absent if they miss 10% or more of all possible school sessions regardless of whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised. Children persistently absent play catch-up with work, miss time and opportunity with friends, and miss out on clubs and extra-curricular activities (areas to apply learning).
Some pupils are absent more often than they attend. DfE class this as severe absence i.e. being absent for at least 50% of registration sessions. Severe absence remains rare: it affects less than 1% of pupils in primary schools.
The School Day
Registration time are as follows:
|Nursery||Morning Session – 08:45 – 09:00
Afternoon Session – 12:30 – 12:45
After the above times the registers will close. If a child arrives in school up to 15 minutes after this time then a late mark will be recorded in the register (L). Registers will be closed at this point and any children arriving more than 15 minutes late will be recorded as (U) which is a late after registers close mark and this is classed as an unauthorised absence (a number of these marks can also contribute to more formal action being considered).
Amount late each morning
|5 minutes||25 minutes lost learning||Over 1 day of lost learning|
|10 minutes||10 minutes||
Over 2 days of lost learning
Parent Support Advisor/Attendance Manager
Please get in touch if with Miss Bewick, who is our PSA/Attendance Manager on 01388 814860 if you would like any support or information.
Holidays in Term Time
Recent changes to regulations, which have been introduced by the Department for Education, note that ‘Headteachers will no longer be able to grant pupils a leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time.’