The aim at Lyng Primary School is to have an attendance of 97% or above.
Attendance last year was low and the biggest problem is unauthorised absences for days out and unauthorised holidays taken in school time. Our attendance officer is working with both the children and the parents to improve any persistent absences.
In total Leave of absence was 882 days; which is equivalent to 1604 sessions missed last year. Leave of absence will not be authorised and will be reported to Attendance and Prosecution.
A number of parents have been fined.
347 sessions were missed for medical reasons; parents are asked to make appointments outside school time where possible.
191 sessions were missed last year due to religious reasons.
Some parents still have issues arrived at school on time. Some of this is due to siblings attending different schools and parents finding it difficult to ensure that their children are at school for the start of the school day.
When children are late in school it is disruptive to the teacher and the rest of the child's class, as well as being unsettling for the child.
Although lates are an issue, on the whole there has been an improvement in children arriving to school on time.
Parents are asked to contact the school on the first day of absence and there is someone in the office from 7:30am.
The majority of parents at Lyng Primary must be praised for sending their children to school regularly and on time.
We are also very pleased with the parents' efforts at improving the attendance of persistent absences.
38 pupils had 100% for the last academic year. Well done to both the parents and the children for this achievement and we do appreciate the effort this takes.
To promote good attendance, we have a weekly draw where each child who have achieved 100% for the week prior will enter a raffle and win £5. There is one pupil from Key stage 1 and one pupil from Key stage 2 who will win the prize.
Any class that achieve more than the target of 97% get extra playtime on a Friday afternoon.
We pride ourselves on a high level of pupil attendance and this emphasis needs constant reinforcement and support from parents. We are grateful for the co-operation of parents who are asked to adopt the following procedures: -
Please note that on the first day of your child’s absence, it is vital that you inform school. You can send a text to 441212851042 or phone 0121 553 1480 and speak to the Attendance Officer before 8.30 am. Please ask for Mrs Knight
Persistent absence or late arrivals will be picked up and referred to our Attendance & Prosecution Officer who will contact parents to discuss the matter. Also when a child has been off school, a note should be brought in on return to school. Please provide medical evidence.
If a child is late arriving at school, parents must come into school and sign in electronically, alongside informing a member of staff with your child’s meals arrangements.
Under new Government guidelines, no leave of absence during term time will be authorized.
If you know your child will be off school for any reason, school needs to be informed as soon as possible.
Every week a draw takes place for children with 100% attendance and no lates, the winner gets £5.00. We also have a treat once a term for children with 100% attendance (no lates). A school trip is organized for those children who have achieved 100% attendance (no lates) for the entire year.
Failure to observe these procedures will result in a child being identified as having an unauthorised absence, which is then reported to the Attendance Officer who will try to make contact. Information will be passed to Attendance + Prosecution for continuous absences. Fines up to £1,000 can now be issued to those parents who do not ensure a reasonable percentage of attendance for their children.