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At Berrymede we expect our pupils to attend school punctually and regularly throughout term time to ensure maximum learning and school experiences take place. Research clearly demonstrates that any time missed can be tremendously detrimental to a child’s progress.

Schools are now required to report unauthorised absences annually to the Department of Education and also the on pupils’ reports. The percentage of half days missed through Authorised absences for 2020-2021 is 2.3%. The unauthorised absence was 0.3%. The following points are important to note:​

Attendance Levels – Outcomes

  • 99% & 100% – Excellent
  • 96% – 99% – Very good and at expected level – Keep it up
  • 91% – 95% – Careful – Your child can’t afford to have any more time off. Try and get the % higher as the year goes by and the weather warmer. If not – they could begin to struggle in their learning and will not achieve the progress they are capable of. Do you really want them to fall behind in their learning? This is the new threshold.
  • Below 90% – If you child’s attendance is below 90% – your child is NOW known as a P.A. Persistent Absentee
  • 85% – 90% – This could be up to 20 days = 4 weeks of learning missed by July!! This is completely unacceptable!!
  • Below 85% – Your child has possibly missed up to 30 days of school!! This is 6 weeks’ worth of learning!!

The LA can issue a fine to you if you do not get your child to school. As a parent/ carer it is your responsibility to do this.

Give your child the start in life they deserve & bring them to school!

Schools are also required to report unauthorised absences annually to the Department of Education and also the on pupils’ reports. The following points are important to note:

  1. Absences can only be approved in the cases of sickness, medical appointment and religious observance days.
  2. Children must NOT take holidays in term time. Penalties can be enforced by the Local Authorities.
  3. A note from parents must support all absences and a note must support telephone calls.
  4. Absences from school without a valid reason, or for which no explanation has been provided, is treated as an unauthorised absence.
  5. Children who arrive after the registers are closed [20 minutes after the start of the session] and fail to provide an adequate explanation will be counted as an unauthorised absence.
  6. Children collected late will be subject to a late fee of £5.00 per every 15 minutes (this includes after school activities).

No children should be on the school premises before 8.40am as there is no one to supervise them, unless they are active members of the breakfast club.  Children should leave promptly at 3.15pm, unless they are attending a supervised activity. The school cannot accept responsibility for children after these times. If your child is absent from school for a long time through illness, please see your child’s teacher so that suitable work can be arranged for you to take home.

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