Attendance

 Our attendance target for 2017-2018 is 96.5%

If you are finding it difficult to get your child to school on time, please consider using the Walking Bus facility. For more information, please visit the 'Walking Bus' page. If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding attendance or punctuality, please contact school to make an appointment to see the Child and Family Support Officer. 

Please refer to our Attendance and Punctuality policy for full details of managing attendance at Arlies.

At Arlies, we believe that a high level of attendance is essential if children are to make the best progress of which they are capable and if children are to fully realise their potential in school. Even short spells of absence can interrupt a child’s progress, especially if they miss work which is essential for subsequent learning and lessons.

Absence can also result in children feeling a sense of distance from the work of the class, especially if occurring at beginning or end of terms or at times when special events are taking place at school.

To ensure the safety of the children, we ask that all Foundation Stage and KS1 are delivered to the school door and collected by a responsible adult. All children arriving or leaving during session times must be signed in or out using our visitor access system. In this way, we are able to check whether or not a child's absence is authorised and it also means, especially in the case of older pupils who come to school unaccompanied, that we know the child is safe at home with you.

 Punctuality

We believe that it is important to highlight the importance of school routines very early to encourage self discipline in the children. Nursery and Reception registration is at 8.50 am and KS1 and KS2 registration is 8.55am.The doors open at 8.50am for KS1 and KS2 will be collected from the playground at 8.50am. Foundation Stage doors will now open at 8.45am.

Children are welcome to come to Toast Club in the hall from 8.30am to aid their punctuality. Reception and KS1 children must be accompanied by an adult at this club.

As a parent, if you wish to speak with a class teacher, you need to visit the school office to arrange a suitable time to visit before or after the school day. At 8.55am, the staff need to welcome the children into school and attend registration.

 Holidays During Term Time

In September 2013, changes to Government regulations and guidance means that Head Teachers can no longer authorise leave of absence for the sole purpose of a holiday (unless in exceptional circumstances.)

At Arlies, leave of absence shall not be granted unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.  This may only be granted at the discretion of the Headteacher. Parents/carers wishing to apply for leave of absence during term time must apply in writing to the Headteacher at least a month before the planned leave.  If a written request for leave of absence is not completed and the leave taken without a request being submitted, the leave will not be considered by the Headteacher and it will be marked as unauthorised.  Arlies Primary School will treat each application individually before a decision is made. P

Retrospective requests will not be considered and therefore will result in the absence being categorised as unauthorised. In such cases the school may make a referral to Local Authority to request that a penalty notice fine is issued or referred to the Local Authority to consider prosecution. We will respond to all application for leave of absence in writing.

Work will not be provided for any absences.