We are committed to supporting the children to achieve the best possible attendance, to enable every child to achieve their full potential. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving a good education. Children who frequently miss school will fall behind.
How we do support good attendance?
We have regular ‘ Beat the Clock’ attendance weeks with incentives and prizes for children.
Class attendance is monitored on a monthly basis. The classes with the highest attendance percentage in the Infants and the Juniors are rewarded by looking after ‘Attendance Tigger’ or the ‘Attendance Trophy’ for a month. Attendance certificates are given to those children who achieve 100% attendance in a term. At the end of the academic year, all pupils with 100% attendance will receive a certificate.
Children in KS1&2 have a regular report sent home each term and this includes information on their attendance, rated either green, amber or red. We also send home postcards to children who have made an improvement in their attendance.
Family holidays will not be authorised by North Walsham Junior and Infant School during term time. If you decide to take your child on holiday during term time you will be at risk of receiving a penalty fine from the Norfolk Attendance Service. If you need to take your child out of school due to exceptional circumstances you will need to put this in writing to the Executive Headteacher.
Fast track to prosecution
We use the Local Authority Scheme ‘Fast Track to Prosecution’. Children are selected for Fast Track when their low attendance is a cause for concern and parents fail to improve it swiftly. If a child’s attendance falls below 90% for whatever reason, they will be considered for Fast Track.
Regular meetings are held between our Link Worker, Local Authority Attendance Officer and parents, to monitor the attendance of those children on Fast Track. Once on an Attendance Improvement Plan, if a child is absent through illness, parents must provide medical evidence from the GP, either by letter, a copy of the prescription or, by bringing the named medication to the school office as evidence of their child’s absence. Failure to follow this process will result in the absence being recorded as ‘unauthorised’. If there is no improvement in attendance over a period of time, the Attendance Service will then take steps to issue a penalty fine or bring about court action.
If any parents are having difficulty with attendance issues, then please come and speak to our Link Worker, Debbie Bedford.