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REVIEW DATE: Autumn 2021

The attendance policy is written with reference to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulation 2006 and Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018

Trinity School seeks to

  • encourage pupils to aim to achieve their highest standards
  • benefit from the opportunities available at the school
  • instill in pupils the importance of regular attendance and punctuality whilst at school and for future employment

Full attendance contributes significantly towards such aims.

Regular attendance will be encouraged through assemblies and tutorial time.

Excellent attendance will be acknowledged through certificates. We remind parents that it is their responsibility to inform us if their children will not be in school or arrive late.  Children who are absent due to illness or an appointment that cannot be arranged outside of school’s hours, need to contact the school office to advise.  For non-emergency or non-illness absences (i.e. funeral/wedding/holiday) a leave request form must be completed and returned to the school office in advance to be approved.

School Office

In the event of the office not being notified why a pupil is absent, one attempt will be made by to find out why pupils are missing. This is normally done by 9.30am.  If no communication is made on that day, then the pupil will receive an unauthorised absence mark. This is then followed up by a written letter sent home by email.

Responsibility for the completion of the registers in terms of absence and figures will remain with the School Office.

A meeting between the Office and the Head teacher will take place to identify and track persistent lateness and absenteeism, especially when attendance drops below 90% at the end of each term. A termly letter will be sent to parents who fall within the below 90% category or persistent lateness (see below).

Children Missing from Education (CME)

The Office Staff track attendance and absence on a weekly, monthly and termly basis which is then submitted to the Head Teacher for their attention.In the event of a pupil having 10 days or more continuous unauthorised absence – the office will inform the Head who will contact Tameside LEA Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Trinity Christian School will enter students on the admissions register at the beginning of the first day on which it has been agreed by the school or the day that the school has been notified, that the pupil will attend the school.

In the event that a student fails to attend the school on the agreed or notified date, the school will undertake reasonable enquiries to establish the reason for this absence, and will consider notifying the LA at the earliest opportunity.

The office staff will keep an accurate and up-to-date admissions register by encouraging parents/carers to inform them of any changes.

The office staff will monitor students’ attendance through our daily register. The school will agree with the LA what intervals are best to inform them of students who are regularly absent from school, or who have missed 10 school days or more without permission or it being deemed an authorized absence.

The school will notify the LA if any student is to be deleted from the admission register in the circumstance outlined in Regulation 8 of the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended in 2016).

The school will provide information to the LA regarding standard transitions, if requested to do so by the LA.

Children arriving late for school

Registration takes place at 8.40

It is of paramount importance that pupils arrive at school on time.

Registration takes place at 8.45am in the Primary and 8.40am in Secondary School and all students are expected to be in school on time. Arrival after 8.45am for Secondary or 8.50am for Primary constitutes a late mark in the register.

Persistent Lateness is defined as a student being late on more than 8 occasions in any one school calendar month.

Persistent Absenteeism is defined as a student having an attendance of less than 90% in any term.

Students with medical conditions are taken into consideration in the above process.

In the event of persistent lateness/absenteeism the Headteacher will be informed and a subsequent meeting held with the family to discuss the reason for the problem.

Should the matter of persistent lateness not be resolved, school reserves the right to refuse pupils entry to the school.

We understand that parents are sometimes late. In the event of this happening we ask that parents contact the school office to advise.

Note: This policy should be observed in conjunction with the Registration Policy.