Attendance

Regular attendance at school enables each pupil to fulfil their potential. Every day counts. As a school we are actively working on raising our attendance rates to achieve an attendance of 95% (the national target set by the Government). We need your help and support to achieve this by working in partnership. We will be letting you and the children know how well we are doing and rewarding good attendance. 

At Loseley Fields we believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes toward school. We are committed to the continuous raising of achievement for all our pupils. We believe that good attendance is essential if our children are to take full advantage of school life and gain the education which will equip them for the future. Regular attendance is crucial if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them. At Loseley Fields we believe in celebrating success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. 

We monitor attendance weekly and work quickly to help solve problems so that absence and lateness are kept to a minimum. We will continue to monitor attendance closely by working with the Educational Welfare Officer to identify, investigate and work in partnership to resolve attendance issues. 

We recognise that parents and carers have a vital role and a legal responsibility to make sure that children are in school and on time. As parents you can do a great deal to support the regular and punctual attendance of your child. You can encourage good attendance by taking an active interest in your child’s school life, attending parent evenings and other school events, ensuring your child goes to bed at an appropriate time, and ensuring your child only misses school for unavoidable reasons such as illness or emergency.

Children should be at school. We expect all children to attend every day as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Pupil’s responsibilities are to attend school on time, be ready to learn with the right equipment and attitude, and to give their class teacher a note if absent explaining why. 

Let’s make every day at school count. It can make a difference to your child’s education and future.

Please read the Attendance Flyer which is available to download at the bottom of the page.

Reporting Absences
It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school of the reason for your child’s absence as soon as possible and to provide such further information as may be required. We would ask that you telephone the school on the first day of your child’s absence from school, before 9.30am if at all possible, to explain the reason why they are unable to attend. If your child is absent from school and we have not heard from you by this time then we will telephone you to ensure you are aware of your child’s absence from school.

Unauthorised Absence
Only the school can approve a child’s absence from school. The fact that a parent has offered a note or other notification does not, of itself, oblige the school to accept that the explanation gives a valid reason for absence. An example of this would be using a normal school day for a shopping trip. This absence would be categorised as unauthorised. By law the school is required to keep individual records of unauthorised absences which are then recorded on your child’s school record.

Please always inform the school office of any possible absences in advance and obtain a permission form when necessary. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

From 2 September 2009 - 23 July 2010 the authorised absence percentage for Loseley Fields Primary School was 5.4%. The unauthorised absence percentage for the same period was 1.5%.

From 6 September 2010 - 18 March 2011 the authorised absence percentage for Loseley Fields Primary School was 5.3%. The unauthorised absence percentage for the same period was 1.3%.

From 5 September 2011 - 20 July 2012 the authorised absence percentage for Loseley Fields Primary School was 4.0%. The unauthorised absence percentage for the same period was 1.1%.

Parental Contact with the School
There will be an opportunity in the Autumn term to meet your child’s class teacher to discuss your child’s progress at the beginning of the term. You will receive a full report on your child’s progress towards the end of the Spring term and have an opportunity to discuss this with your child’s class teacher and set targets for their achievement for the rest of the academic year. You will then receive a short up-date to this report and have an opportunity to meet their teacher once more towards the end of the Summer term.

However, should you feel unhappy or concerned about any aspect of your child’s education please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or the school office and we will be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns more fully. If you feel unhappy about attending any meeting on your own please feel free to bring a partner or friend with you.

If you still feel unhappy following any meeting you have the right to consult the governing body of the school. This is usually done through a parent governor representative who will be able to bring the matter to the attention of the governing body if appropriate. The names of the governors of the school may be obtained from the school office.

We distribute regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date with important school developments.