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Why is 100% attendance so important?

At Fairway Primary School we know that 100% attendance is the key to a successful journey throughout school and into adult life.


Attendance procedures:

As a team we are responsible for overseeing and investigating attendance. We work in conjunction with Stockport Council's attendance team.


If you have been unable to report your child's absence, Mrs Rostron will contact you on the first day. If contact is not made, this may lead to a home visit being made. This system is in line with our safeguarding procedures.

If you have any concerns or queries about attendance, please contact the school office.


Arrival in the mornings.

School starts officially at 8.45am, however doors are opened from 8.35am. All children should enter their classrooms via the playground.  The school gates are closed at 8.55am and any children arriving to school after this time must report to the main office.


Registration/Late arrivals:

Attendance registers are taken at the start of the morning and afternoon sessions by the class teacher. If your child arrives after 8.55am they are classed as being late. If your child is late, they must report to the school office and sign themselves in using the school Inventry system. If your child has been late on any day, this will be shown by an 'L' on their attendance record. If your child arrives in school after 9.05am, this is noted as an unauthorised absence and is marked as a 'U' in their attendance record for the morning session.


What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please let us know by ringing and leaving a message, stating your child’s name/ year group and what the illness is. If your child is absent for more than three days due to a medical condition or illness, you will be asked to provide medical proof. This could be an appointment card, a prescription or the prescribed medicine.


What should I do if my child has a medical appointment?

Whenever possible, please try to make any medical or dental appointments outside of the school day. At times, we understand that appointments may fall during the school day, on these occasions please inform the school office, in advance, of the time you will be collecting your child. It is vital that you let the office staff know first thing in the morning so that they can arrange for your child to be brought to you at the correct time. If staff are not made aware of this ahead of time, you may have to wait for a member of staff to become available to escort your child to the main office.


Can my child have a holiday in term time?

From 1 September 2013, the law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. An application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances. It is at the discretion of the Headteacher as to whether the request meets the criteria and whether leave will be granted.


If leave is not granted and Parents/ Carers still choose to take their child/ren out of school this can lead to a fine. Parents/ Carers can receive a Penalty Notice for taking their child/ren on holiday during term time. 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.


As a school we fully appreciate the financial difficulties that some Parents/ Carers face when booking holidays, particularly during school holiday periods, however as a school we need to ensure that we are following the statutory guidance.


The Local Authority do undertake monitoring of all schools’ absences during term time and challenging school that do not adhere to statutory guidance.


We hope that all Parents/ Carers will support us on this matter.