Attendance and Punctuality
Our attendance policy is based on the following principles:
All young people have the right to full time education. Parents/carers have the prime responsibility for ensuring their child attends school regularly and on time, schools and Local Education Authorities have a clear role in supporting them in this;
Positive attitudes towards attendance and punctuality will enable our students to maximise their opportunities both whilst at Tabernacle and in later life;
Proven research and statistical data indicate that attainment is directly linked to attendance;
A clear attendance and punctuality policy helps to promote inclusion and equal opportunities.
We expect all our students to aim for 100% attendance every week. However, we do recognise that sometimes there are valid reasons why students cannot come into school, for example if they are sick.
All absences MUST be authorised by parents/carers by telephoning or emailing the school before 8.30am on the first day and continuing to regularly update the school on their child’s health and attendance.
We cannot authorise holidays or similar absences from school. Such absences can result in a fixed penalty fine for parents/carers.
Attendance is monitored by the Administrator and your child's Teacher in the first instance. Poor attendance will initially result in intervention from staff in school, continued poor attendance will lead to a referral to our Education Welfare Officer (EWO); if the situation does not improve the Officer may instigate legal proceedings.
Arriving on time to both school and lessons is essential. Registration takes place at 8:30am and students are expected to arrive no later than 8:25am. Students who are unavoidably late for school must report to the school office. All lateness without due cause will be followed up with detentions. Continued poor punctuality can also result in an EWO referral. Again, parents/carers risk receiving a fixed penalty fine for this.
Because we believe that excellent attendance and punctuality is incredibly important, we regularly celebrate and reward students. This is done regularly in Assemblies and through our annual Rewards Trip.
If your child is unwell, please contact the school by 9.00.am on their first day of absence giving the reason for absence, then confirm this in writing when the child is well enough to return to school.
If a child becomes ill or injured during the day, the parents/carers will be contacted and given the details. The parents will be expected to make arrangements for the child to be collected as soon as possible. As a result the school must have up to date telephone numbers and other relevant information in case of emergency.
Prescription Medicine at School
We prefer parents to administer medicine themselves if at all possible. However, our first aid / welfare staff are able to administer medicines in exceptional circumstances and do so on a voluntary basis according to a strict procedure:
We must see all prescribed medicines in the original container from the pharmacist that has the child’s name printed on it;
The medicine must be brought into school by the child’s parent/carer ideally with the dose prepared e.g. in a syringe;
A signed permission form must be completed (See form on left);
Where medicine is prescribed in three doses this can be administered just before school, at the end of school and before bedtime so no administration in school is required. For four doses, we can administer between 12 and 1pm only.
The school may decline to administer medication without giving a reason particularly where parents refuse to abide by the conditions above.
We are unable to administer ‘over the counter medicines’ like Calpol or similar unless this is part of a child’s healthcare plan.
If your child has an ongoing medical need e.g. asthma / eczema, please make an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher via the school office.