We place great importance on good attendance and punctuality here at Clapgate 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 and offer class and individual prizes for good attendance.
Our Attendance Initiatives
Each week if a child has 100% attendance they will be given a jewel to be placed in the whole school jewel jar. When the jewels reach the target line the school will receive an attendance prize (prize to be decided by the attendance ambassadors).
Children who have 100% attendance will have their name entered into a class draw. The draw takes place in Monday assemblies and children are given their prize (a pencil and a ruler).
If a child achieves 100% attendance for a week, they will be able to get a stamp in their ‘attendance passport.’
If a KS1 child collects 10 stamps they receive a coloured attendance band (for the first 30 weeks). They can receive 4 different coloured attendance band across the year. If a child has 98% attendance for the year they will receive the final gold attendance band.
If a KS2 child collects 10 stamps they receive a coloured attendance badge (for the first 30 weeks). They can receive 4 different coloured attendance badge across the year. If a child has 98% attendance for the year they will receive the final gold attendance badge.
Attendance Ambassadors are 10 children from KS2 who have excellent attendance (at least 98%) in the last academic year. These children form the attendance ambassador team who take responsibility for handing out the jewels for our whole school attendance initiative and help make a decision on the whole school attendance prize.
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.
Holidays in term time
Government legislation states that schools are not able to authorise holidays in term time. From 1st September 2015, in line with government requirements, we will issue fixed penalty notices for families who take holidays in term time.
Requests for leave in term time
Requests for leave in exceptional circumstances cannot be made retrospectively. Requests must be made as early as possible and always in advance. This will provide enough time for any queries or mitigating circumstances to be provided and considered by the head of school.