Attendance & Behaviour
'Inspire self- belief, instil moral values and ignite a love of life long learning'
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.
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.