Attendance & Behaviour
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At Towngate Primary Academy we work closely with parents and carers to achieve and maintain high standards of attendance. For a child to reach their full educational achievement coming to school every day is essential. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our children in an environment where all pupils feel welcome and valued. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled.
It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. We use every opportunity to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital a child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.
As set down by the Department for Education, schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. When requesting an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional. Please note there is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday and if you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and a Penalty Notice may be considered.
Explanation of Annual Percentage (%) Attendance
Days Missed Over a Year
If your child’s attendance is under 95%, they are missing at least two weeks of learning time a year. If their attendance is at 90%, they are missing four weeks. This will significantly affect their work and reduce their grades.
ROLES / RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities in relation to attendance are as follows:-
Set high expectations for pupil attendance, and monitor individual and whole school attendance on a daily and weekly basis,
Identify causes of concern with regard to pupil attendance.
Conduct first day response where there is unexplained absence.
Invite parents/carers into school to discuss pupil attendance which is a cause of concern.
Work with parents of individual pupils to try to improve attendance and punctuality.
Work in partnership with Wakefield Authority and the Education Welfare Service and the Inspire Partnership MAT.
Maintain electronic registration data systems effectively and deploy them robustly to facilitate presentation reports.
To provide attendance data for parents.
Promote attendance at all levels.
Celebrate excellent and improved attendance.
*Please note school does not authorise holidays during term time. Please download a holiday request form below if you need to request leave of absnece during term time.
PARENTS / CARERS
To ensure pupils arrive at school on time everyday and that routines are in place at home to support this.
To contact school by 9.30am on each day of absence if the absence is unavoidable.
To obtain evidence where possible to support medical absence.
To avoid term time holidays, and attempt to minimise school time appointments.
To arrive at school, on time everyday with correct equipment and ready to learn.
Comply with school regulations regarding attendance and punctuality
Discuss any concerns they may have with staff regarding attendance and punctuality.
EDUCATION WELFARE SERVICE
The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership to promote and facilitate improved attendance, at an individual level, by supporting the Fastrack to Attendance Programme; and at a whole school level using proactive strategies and action plans.
The Education Welfare Service will work with children and families to ensure their school attendance and safeguarding is maintained.
The Education Welfare Service will provide guidance with regards to Children Missing Education.
The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership with other agencies and will offer advice and signposting for referrals to appropriate organisations.
The Education Welfare Service will undertake legal action on behalf of the school.
Wakefield Local Authority will support the school with networking and training events and with individual School Audits and Action Plans.
Hello, I’m Mrs Johnson the Attendance and Behaviour officer here at Towngate Primary Academy.
Good attendance is perhaps the most important factor in successful learning. Towngate Primary Academy recognises that there is a clear link between student attendance and achievement, and that students with good attendance have the best chance of being successful. At Towngate Primary Academy , students are encouraged to have 100% attendance, and aim for a minimum of 97% over the Academic year.
Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays or visits during term time. Applications for such visits will not be approved and will count as unauthorised absence, which could lead to a penalty notice being issued. If you wish to request a leave of absence during term time, please do this in writing and submit it to Mrs Berry, our Headteacher, to consider.
Punctuality is essential if your child is going to make the most of their learning. If your child is absent then you must telephone the Academy office by 8.35 am each day your child is absent.
Classroom doors close at 9.00am sharp, after this time your child will need to be signed in at main reception and will receive a late mark. If your child arrives after 9.10am your child will received a U mark, this means that your child arrived after registers closed and therefore is an unauthorised absence mark. In line with Towngate Academy’s Attendance Policy any child that receives 10 late marks within the academic year, any further late marks will be recorded as U (unauthorised absence) and could result in a penalty notice.
Mrs Berry (Headteacher) and I are always around the school grounds on a morning if you would like to discuss any of this information further.
If you have any questions or require further support please feel free to contact me here at the academy or on 01924 302865.
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Take a look at our Attendance Blog
Our Whole Schools Attandance target is 97%.
Here at Towngate we believe this is achievable, with a little hard work and dedication.
22.03.2019 - Morning everyone, This week we have achieved a whole school attendance percentage of 97.17%. We are still on track, so lets keep working together! :).
29.03.2019 Morning, This week we are still on track for our overall target of 97%! Well done we have also only had 3 late marks this week, lets keep this up.
05.04.2019 Well we are having lots of fun today in school.The children have created some amazing easter bonnet's and are very excited for the 'Last Choir Standing' event this afternoon. We are still on track to hit our target as this weeks attendance is at 97.14. Have an amazing Easter Break! We will see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed next term, let aim high, who knows if we work together we could smash our target.
26.4.2019- Welcome back everyone, it has been a short week to start off our summer term. KS1, let's try and catch up and match the attendance of KS2 this term! Remember we launched our 'Perfect Attendance' initative last week. Lets work together to win Hot chocolate and marsh-mellows each week!
03.05.2019- Well Towngate we are still on track to meet our target but only just.Let's not let our Attendance fall like the rain currently. See you all on Tuesday, refreshed after the bank holiday.
10.05.2019 -well the wet weather has arrived but, you haven't allowed our attendance to be a wash out. KS2 you are doing amazing and are setting a great example. i'm sure it won't be long untill some of you are having hot chocolate. KS1 if we work together we can do this.
17.05.2019- Well Towngate, the sun has been shining on us this week and we have lots to be happy about.Year 6 SAT's are over and we are still on target to get over all attendance percetage of 97%. Lets try and avoid those school time holidays.
24.05.2019-Well Towngate we are just holding on to that 97% mark. It's a shame that so many children are missing out on all the fun activities and outdoor learning that has been planned.Look forward to seeing you all fresh faced after the spring break. Take Care.
14.06.2019-We are back in the swing of it. Lovely to see so many fresh faces. Please remember we don't athorise term time Holiday's, Plus if your away you will miss all the fun.
21.06.2019-Well the sun hs finally returned.Along with normal school life.Don't worry children there is lot's to look forward to like sports day and trips. Remember guys you have to be here to enjoy them.Let's keep going till the end of the year and hit our target.
28.06.2019-Morning, It's been a very busy week with lots of fun school trips and amazng experiences. However, sadly there has been a increase in the number of students this week. Let's all work together to increase our whole school attendance.
05.07.2019-This week we are only just holding on to our target attendance. However, congratulations to classes 1/2, 5,6 and nursery who have now all achieved 'Perfect Attendance' and celebrated with hot chocolate and marshmellows.I know a few classes are very close, so let's see which classes make it next week. Good Luck.
12.07.2019-Well Towngate we are holding on to meeting our target by a thread.let's not let all our hard work be for nothing.Well done class 1 for achieving perfect attendance.
19.07.2019-Well Towngate we can almost taste the fun and laughter of the summer Holidays.Before that happen's though we have lots of events happening, such as sports day, Towngate's got talent and our leaver's assembly.So we need to work together to keep our target. So be in and lets enjoy the last moment's of this academic year together.
06.09.2019-Welcome back everyone.It;s been so lovely seeing you all of you looking so neat in your new school uniform.I'm looking forward to smashing our target of 97% this year and giving all of you some amazing awards.Lets do this Towngate!
13.09.2019=Well Towngate it's been a good week for attendance. We are back over 97% mark,lets keep it like that. Well done to class 2 and F2 for winning attendance this week with a 100%, you will be well on your way to Hot Chocolate.
20.09.2019- Well Towngate we are back into the swing of it all amd these figures are starting to show it. I wonder which class will achieve perfect attendance first! Just a reminder that only the teachers are here Monday and Tuesday next week so take advantage and have a sleep in. We will see you all bright and early on Wednesday.
27.09.2019-Well Towngate it's been a short week this week and even though the weather has changed your attitude to being here and on time evry day hasn't.Well done Towngate we have olny had 2 late marks this week.See you all bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.
04.10.2019- Well Towngate we are 5 weeks in and attendance is going strong.We just need to mke sure we are here on time.Well done to class 2 and F2 for achieveing perfect attendance. I hope you enjoy your hot chocolate and marshmellows.
11.10.2019- Good Morning All, sadly lateness is on the rise again, we all understand that now it is a lot darker and colder on a morning that it can be difficult to get going but I must remind you that the academy will only authorise 10 late marks across the whole academic year. Also, the cold bugs are now starting to catch up with everyone, please remember that your child is expected to attend school with a cold, like we all would be expected to attend work however, If your child is going to be absent from school, you must contact school on each morning they are going to be absent. By working together, we can hopefully achieve every child being here and on time next week.
18.10.2019 - Good Morning all, attendance is looking great heading into the last week of term. lets finish strong. just a quick reminder as lateness is on the rise. The academy will only authorise 10 late marks for the academic year. any futher lateness will incure a unauthorised mark and a penalty notice will be issued.
25.10.2019- Well Towngate it's finally the last day before the half term. We are holding onto our targets by the skin of our teeth. Please have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all fresh faced on Monday 4th November.
8.11.19- Well Towngate, the weather has definitely changed and brought the season of coughs and colds. Please remember to try and send your child to school everyday. If they are unwell we will call you.
15.11.19- Well Towngate we have officially dropped below our target of 97%. It's important that we come to school every day on time as lateness is on the increase as well. Lets get back on track next week.
22.11.19- Well Towngate we have just reached 97% again. Se know that bugs are everywhere at the moment, but there are some amazing things going on in school,you won't want to miss.
29.11.19 - Well Towngate we have dropped our attendance percentage dramatically to 96.52%. This means we are no longer on target. Let's not let all these cold and flu bugs get the best of us. We will aim high to be here every day and on time.
6.12.19 - Well Towngate it seems we are starting to all fight back against these winter bugs. Lets keep it that way and get back on target. Lates are going up - we have had 25 late marks this week. This is the highest so far this year. Remember Every Day Matters - Be here and be on time as every minute counts. Look forward to next week and all the amazing Christmas shows.