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Our Vision

Guided by our Christian values, we strive to inspire and raise aspirations.  We will nurture our children so they are equipped to overcome life’s challenges and make a positive contribution to society.  We endeavour to instill love and respect for oneanother, working together to create a happy school community.  With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)

 

COVID-19 – ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL FROM SEPTEMBER 2020

From September it will be compulsory for all children to attend school regularly and on time in-line with the Attendance Policy.

 

Parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child/ren attend school regularly, and stay in school for every lesson after they have registered. If a child is in the care of foster parents or in a residential home, it is important that the carers recognise their parenting role where attendance at school is concerned.

 

Parents and carers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that their child attends school regularly, arrives to school on time, properly dressed, with the right equipment and in a condition to learn.  A reason should be provided for any lateness.
  • Contacting the school office on the first morning of absence by 9.00 am at the latest and providing a reason for absence.
  • Making routine medical appointments outside the normal school day.
  • Informing the school in advance of any medical appointments in school time. For the absence to be recorded as a medical absence we require evidence from the relevant medical professional (appointment card/letter).
  • Working closely with the school and the school’s designated Inclusion Officer to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance.
  • Talking to the school as soon as possible about a child’s reluctance to come to school so that problems can be quickly identified and dealt with.
  • Ensuring that family holidays are taken during school holiday periods.

 

Registration

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has staggered start / finish times – see Bubble Arrangements (below).
  • Each class bubble has been allocated an entrance/exit - see Bubble Arrangements.
  • The Victoria Street gate is locked by the Site Supervisor at 8.55 am, followed by the car park, Galaxy Centre and Swallow Drive gates. 
  • Any children arriving after 8.55 am will need to come into school via the main entrance. They will be admitted one at a time by a member of the admin team, and supervised to their class bubble.  Parents/carers must wait outside the main entrance. The member of admin staff must keep a social distance from each child. 
  • The attendance register is completed by the class teacher/adult responsible for the class by 8.50 am (if start time is 8.40) or 9.00 am (if start time is 8.50) and by 12.55 pm.
  • All attendance records are documented using SIMs software, which is supported by the Local Authority.

 

Recording Lateness

  • Children arriving after 8.55 am enter school through the main entrance and are signed in on a daily list by a member of the administrative team.  They will be admitted one at a time by a member of the admin team, and supervised to their class bubble.  Parents/carers must wait outside the main entrance. The member of admin staff must keep a social distance from each child. 
  • Children arriving after 9.00 am are signed in on the same list but receive a late mark. 
  • Registers are then checked alongside the list of children who arrived after 8.55 am, and those recorded as late who arrived after 9.00 am, to check that all children are accounted for. 
  • The Office Manager ensures that records are kept of pupils who are late; this is documented on the electronic register for each pupil by a member of the administrative team.
  • The Office Manager ensures that children arriving later than 9.20 am are marked as having an unauthorised absence for the morning session.
  • Children who are persistently late - parents/carers receive a letter advising them of the concerns and the school provides opportunities for parents/carers to seek support and advice to address these issues.

 

Recording Absences

  • Parents/carers must contact the school on the first day of their child’s absence providing a reason for absence.  If the school has not received any communication from the parent/carer, the First Day Response is initiated (see below).
  • The school will decide if it will record the absence as authorised or unauthorised based on guidance set out in the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations. These regulations state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during school time unless there are exceptional circumstances. 
  • Where we have not received reasons for a child’s absence a letter will be sent to parents/carers requesting the details. If the letter is not completed and returned by the specified date then the absence will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
  • The school will request that parents provide medical evidence for absences. This evidence could be a doctor’s note, appointment card or copy of a prescription.
  • When children have an illness that means they will be away from school for a longer period, the school will do all it can to send material home, so that they can keep up with their school work. 

 

First Day Response

  • The Office Manager ensures that a member of the administrative team checks all the registers from 9.00 am to 9.30 am on a daily basis, to identify pupils who are absent.
  • When a child is absent from school and we have not received any verbal or written communication from the parent/carer, the Office Manager ensures that the school’s first day response process is initiated whereby a member of the administrative team contacts the parent/carer to check the reasons for the child’s absence.

 

Parental Requests for Absence from School During Term Time

  • With effect from September 2013 the government abolished the right of the Headteacher to authorise holidays/leave of absence in term time.
  • The Headteacher will only be allowed to grant leave of absence if they are satisfied exceptional circumstances exist.  Please see the Discretionary Leave of Absence Policy (school website / hard copies available at the school office).

 

BUBBLE ARRANGEMENTS – SEPTEMBER 2020 (PARENTS / CARERS)

 

BUBBLE

TEACHER

ENTRANCE / EXIT

TIMINGS OF SCHOOL DAY

Nursery Stars

Mrs Lee

 

Swallow Drive

Nursery Door

8.40 – 11.40

 

Reception Sunshines A

Mrs Holden

 

Reception Door A

8.50 – 3.15

 

Reception

Sunshines B

Mrs Rice

Reception Door B

8.50 – 3.15

 

Y1 Starfish

Miss Umerji

Victoria St

Y1SF Door

8.40 – 3.05

Y1/2 Turtles

Miss Cooper

Mrs Sargent

Victoria St

Y1/2TT Door

8.40 – 3.05

Y2 Dolphins

Miss Fallaize

Victoria Street

Y2 DP Door

8.40 – 3.05

Y3 Owls

Miss Daley

Victoria St

Playground Door

8.50 – 3.15

 

Y3/4 Falcons

Miss O’Toole

Mrs Laher

Victoria St

Playground Door

8.50 – 3.15

 

Y4 Eagles

Mrs Royle

Victoria St

Playground Door

8.50 – 3.15

 

Y5 Panthers

Miss Priestley

Swallow Drive

Y5/6 Door

8.40 – 3.05

Y5 Tigers

Miss Woodburn

Swallow Drive

Y5/6 Door

8.40 – 3.05

Y6 Lions

Mr Brown

Swallow Drive

Y5/6 Door

8.50 – 3.15

Y6 Leopards

Mrs Coley

Swallow Drive

Y5/6 Door

8.50 – 3.15

 

 

 

 

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