Attendance at Botley School
Botley School is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. This will enable us to ensure an inclusive and resilient education for every child.
It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and the school policy sets out how together we will achieve this.
Each year the school will examine its attendance figures and set attendance/absence targets. These will reflect both national and Oxfordshire attendance targets.
The school will review its systems for improving attendance at regular intervals to ensure that it is achieving its set goals.
The policy will contain within it, the procedures that the school will use to meet its attendance targets.
Why regular attendance is so important
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.
Regular absence will also impact on a child’s social and emotional well-being as it leads to pupils being excluded from play because they are not there to establish and maintain friendship groups every day. As an inclusive school, we want to make sure every child is in school to develop these skills.
Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
The Botley School policy works to meet the mandatory requirements laid out in the government guidance Working together to improve school attendance
You can read the policy in full by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page
If your child is absent you must:
If your child is absent we will:
Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, which can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.
How we manage Time Keeping
The school day starts at 8.45 a.m. and we expect your child to be in class at that time.
Registers are marked by 8.50 a.m. and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time.
At 9.00 a.m. the registers will be closed. In accordance with the Regulations, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. This may mean that you could face the possibility of a Penalty Notice if the problem persists.
If your child has a persistent late record you will be asked to meet with the Assistant Headteacher and/or Attendance Team to resolve the problem, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.
Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time. Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.