At Ryelands, we believe that all children deserve to learn, make friends and be happy in school. Regular attendance at school is essential for this.
Whilst we understand that there may be occasions when a child is ill, a good attendance record is vital because even short periods of absence can mean that a child’s ability to keep up with school work may be significantly impacted. Friendship groups can also be affected by time away from school and this can be upsetting for children.
Please note that unless there are exceptional circumstances, we do not authorise holidays taken in term time, and fixed penalty notices are issued if holidays are still taken.
Our attendance target for the whole school is 96%.
Every week in assembly, we see which classes have achieved the target of having above 96% attendance. Those classes that have achieved this move their rocket up!
In all of our classes, learning starts the moment the children walk through the door!
Our morning routines are calm and productive, and children start independent work straight away. This means that getting to school on time is really important- even if children are a few minutes late they could miss out on spellings, morning maths or writing challenges.
Every week in assembly, we see which classes have achieved the target of having 0 or just 1 late mark. Those classes that have achieved this move their rocket up!
As per our attendance policy, we are unable to authorise holiday in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. All requests for holidays must be made in writing using the correct form (available in the office) at least 3 weeks in advance.
All holidays over 5 days taken without permission will result in a fine. The fine currently stands at £120 per parent, per child. Although this can be reduced if paid off early, this still mounts up.
When looking at booking holidays, please ensure that you check prices in the school holidays. Our term dates are often different to other schools, which means that they are often less expensive.
As the children may have told you, one of our resolutions this year is to improve our whole school attendance. We know that last half term we were hit badly with a round of sickness bugs and flu like symptoms, and we are very happy to see that we seem to be over this! It is so important that we ensure that the children are in every day they can be, to make sure that they do not miss any more learning than necessary. Up until October our whole school attendance was good, and we are determined to get it back up and as close as we can to our target of 96%.
We are continuing to closely monitor attendance and we ask parents/carers to phone the school office by 9am on every day that your child will not be present. If we cannot get hold of parents/carers or other contacts to find out why a child is absent, we will make home visits and we may contact other agencies- the reason for this is above all to make sure that the child is safe.
Very soon we will be looking at competitions, prizes and other ways of improving our attendance… watch this space!