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Attendance

We place great importance on good attendance and punctuality here at Westwood and are extremely proud of the improvements we have seen in our attendance levels over the last few years.   We know that a child’s attendance has a direct impact on their learning. Those children who are regularly absent from school and regularly late do not achieve their potential and do fall behind in class, therefore we celebrate good attendance in a wide variety of ways.

 

Rewards and incentives

 We have introduced a new system of incentives to encourage good attendance.  Every child with 100% attendance for a week is now entered into a draw and one child from each class receives a prize. If a child achieves 100% attendance for a week, they will be able to get a stamp in their ‘attendance passport.’ If a child collects 10 stamps they receive a coloured attendance badge (for the first 30 weeks). They can receive 4 different coloured attendance badges across the year. If a child has 98% attendance for the year they will receive the final gold attendance badge.

 

Each week if a child has 100% attendance they will be given a green jewel to be placed in the whole school jewel jar. When the jar is full the school will receive an attendance prize, which has been decided by the attendance ambassadors (see below).

 

A few children with excellent attendance (at least 98%) in the last academic year will be chosen to form the attendance ambassador team. They take responsibility for handing out the jewels, they help make a decision on the whole school attendance prize and they write an attendance fact or quote for the Westwood Weekly each week.

 

 

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Attendance Ambassadors
Picture 1 Alfie Opie
Picture 2 Anya Marshall
Picture 3 Bradley Street
Picture 4 Etinosa Omorogbe
Picture 5 Lewis Martin
Picture 6 Lola-Mae Hewitt-Bosworth
Please click on the links below to see our children enjoying the whole school attendance rewards

Notification of absence
The school office should be notified if your child is ill or unable to attend due to a medical appointment or other unavoidable reason.  If your child is absent without notification you will be contacted by telephone and asked to provide a reason for the absence.  Where possible medical appointments should be arranged outside of the school day to ensure children do not miss valuable learning time.  Where this is unavoidable, we expect children to be in school before the appointment and return to school after where this is appropriate.
 
Keeping you informed
You will be notified annually on the school report of your child's attendance. If your child's attendance falls below 94% you will be invited to a meeting with the attendance leader to discuss this. Support will be offered in these meetings if it is required.

 

Holidays
Headteachers are not permitted to authorise holidays taken during term time.  If you require leave of absence for your child during term time, an absence request form should be completed and handed in to the office to notify us that your child will be absent from school.  In rare and exceptional circumstances the leave may be authorised, however in all other circumstances this period of absence will be marked as ‘unauthorised’.  It is important to be aware that 5 days of unauthorised absence can often be enough to trigger further action or in some circumstances a fixed penalty notice.

Attendance Procedures

 

Stage

Trigger

Action

1

94% attendance

(over the last 12months)

A letter will be sent out to parents informing them that their child’s attendance needs to improve. They will be told in the letter that no absence will be authorised without proof of illness etc.

If exceptional attendance circumstances are known to school about the child e.g. the child has been in hospital etc. the letter will not be sent)

2

5 unauthorised days

(10 sessions)

 

After 5 unauthorised days (10 sessions) FAST TRACK LETTER 1 will be issued. At this point parents will also be invited in to see us if they wish. Absences will continue to only be authorised if evidence is provided (appointment cards etc.)

3

1 unauthorised day

Send home FAST TRACK LETTER 2. The letter will invite parents into school for a School Attendance Panel meeting (SAP).

4

SAP meeting

FAST TRACK LETTER 3 is given to parents. This is a penalty notice warning letter. During the meeting parents will be informed that if their child has 1 more day off (2 sessions) unauthorised a penalty notice will be issued against them (a fine)

5

1 unauthorised absence (2 sessions)

Fine issued and parents informed if a child has had 10 unauthorised absences.

   
 
 

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