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Highfields Primary School Mission Statement

To promote independent, confident, self-disciplined children with enquiring minds and the skills to maximise their full learning potential.

 

  • Good attendance by pupils and staff is part of this school’s daily life

  • We ensure dedicated time and resources, including the employment of additional staff as needed, e.g. home-school liaison or pastoral staff

  • We ensure a high quality curriculum and teaching

  • We ensure support is in place to meet the individual needs of every pupil

  • We have procedures in place that are monitored and reviewed with the input of staff, pupils and parents

  • We make decisions based on evidence, including through regular data analysis

  • We fast track attendance issues with an emphasis on early intervention and referral to external agencies when required;

  • We work in partnerships with the local community, businesses and parents


Attendance Matters

We are committed to working with parents and the Missing Education & Child Employment Service to maintain our excellent attendance rate of 97.1% in 2014/15, 97% in 2015/16 and 97% 2016/2017. During 2014/15 0.3% unauthorised absences were recorded which was a 0.1% improvement on the previous year. 0.3% unauthorised absences were recorded in 2015/16. For 2016/2017 0.4% unauthorised absences were recorded.

 

Academic Year 2016- 2017

Year Group Attendance

 

Group

Presents

AEA

Authorised Absences

Unauthorised Absences

Possible

% Attend

Year R

96.3

0.3

3.1

0.3

100.0

96.5

Year 1

96.5

0.3

2.9

0.3

100.0

96.8

Year 2

96.7

0.6

2.1

0.6

100.0

97.3

Year 3

97.1

0.3

2.4

0.2

100.0

97.4

Year 4

96.7

0.4

2.5

0.4

100.0

97.1

Year 5

93.9

2.3

3.1

0.6

100.0

96.3

Year 6

94.2

3.1

2.6

0.1

100.0

97.3

Totals

95.9

1.1

2.7

0.4

100.0

97.0

Changes to Essex Penalty Notice Code of Conduct for unauthorised leave of absence- Letter to Parents

Essex County Guidance- Learning Hours Lost- Why Absence Rates are a cause for concern

Essex County Guidance- Learning Hours Lost- Why Absence Rates are a cause for concern 1
Essex County Guidance- Learning Hours Lost- Why Absence Rates are a cause for concern 2

Unauthorised Leave of Absence

 

As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit headteachers from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. 

 

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.

Requests for absence should be made on an official form available at the office. A penalty notice may be given in cases where unauthorised absence has been taken.

Important Information - Leave of Absence Term Time

Leave of Absence Request Form

Highfields Primary School- Attendance Policy

Parent Guide to Winter Illness

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