Fairway Primary School actively promotes the expectation that attendance at school is a non-negotiable. It is also expected that children arrive on time for school and are ready to learn.
Research shows that non-attendance and absence can have a negative impact on attainment and achievement. If a child is absent from school they cannot be learning! In addition to this, regular attendance will help children to develop friendships, confidence, give them the best chance to achieve their potential as well as making them an integral part of the Fairway Community.
We provide a stimulating, challenging, exciting and nurturing environment which instils the children with a love of learning and therefore the desire to be in school.
Fairway’s attendance is on average 94.91% which is above the expected government target.
What is outstanding attendance?
98% attendance and above is classed as excellent. We hope that this is the figure that most of our children reach which signifies only a couple of days off during the whole academic year.
95% attendance is classed as being good. To achieve this, your child would have had no more than 9 days off across the whole of the academic year.
Attendance that falls below this percentage is carefully moderated by the Headteacher, Administration Staff and Attendance Officers at Stockport Local Authority.
Children should be on time for school. Research shows that lateness has a detrimental effect on children’s self-esteem. At 8.50am the registers are closed. Any child arriving after this time will receive a late mark. Punctuality like attendance is closely monitored.
Absence from School
Children should only be absent from school if the reason is ‘unavoidable’ such as illness or medical. If your child is absent from school due to sickness then we ask that you inform the office before 8.50am on the morning of the absence.
If we do not hear from you the office will call you. If there is no response or reason then this absence is marked as unauthorised.
If your child remains absent from school then it is your responsibility to keep school updated with how long you expect your child to be off school.
If your child is absent for more than 10 days due to sickness then school may ask you to produce a doctor’s note for absences after that.
If your child has a number of unauthorised absences, the Attendance Officers at Stockport Local Authority will become involved and a penalty notice may be given.
Request for Absence
If you require your child to have any time out of school, the leave of absence request form must be completed and given to the Headteacher for authorisation. Past attendance and punctuality will play a part in the decision. Please do not make any arrangements without having contacted the Headteacher.
Holidays in Term Time
During the 2011 -12 academic year almost 10% of absence from school in England was due to parents taking their children on holiday during term time. This high level of absence has led the Government to make important changes to legislation.
From 1 September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave.
Head Teachers are not expected to approve any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can receive a Penalty Notice for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. From September 2013 these Notices that are £60, per child per parent, if paid within 21 days rising to £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
We appreciate the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays. However all time in school is important and we are expecting that you will fully support the school as it responds to this new legislation. We will no longer grant time off school for holidays under any circumstances.
In addition leave of absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances for a limited period of time.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the school to thank you for your full support in this matter by not taking your child out of school during term time.
What can you do to support your child?
- Always telephone the school office every day that your child is absent.
- Try to make medical appointments in the holidays or after school as much as you can.
- Be quite firm with your child. If you are unsure if your child is well enough for school then bring them in and trust that the staff will send them home if they really are unfit. Quite often the buzz and excitement in the classroom helps the child forget that they felt unwell in the morning.
- Book holidays in the school holidays.