School Information

 

 

 

 
 
 
Information Page
 
School Address
Old Leake Primary and Nursery School
Old Main Road
Old Leake
Boston
Lincs
PE22 9HR
 
Telephone: 01205 870425
Website: www.oldleakeprimary.co.uk
 
Headteacher:                          Susan Rayner
 
Chairman of Governors:               Tracey Gartshore
 
Clerk to Governors:                   Carole Rodgers
 
Local Authority:
                                       Lincolnshire County Council
                                      Education and Cultural Services Directorate
                                      County Offices
                                      Newland
                                      Lincoln
                                      LN1 1YQ
                                      Telephone: 01522 552222
 
Director of Children’s Services:      Debbie Barnes
 
 

ATTENDANCE

At Old Leake Primary School we believe regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. Old Leake Primary & Nursery School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.

 

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. Missing school also impacts on friendship groups.  All pupils’ attendance is closely monitored on a weekly, half termly, termly and annual basis with rewards for good attendance.

 

These are the published attendance figures for 2015/2016:

Year

No of Students

Total Absences %

Total Attendances

Authorised

Unauthorised

%

R

26

0.81

0.45

98.74

1

30

4.11

1.09

94.79

2

30

2.02

0.76

97.22

3

28

3.11

1.61

95.28

4

24

3.33

1.00

95.67

5

30

3.27

1.28

95.45

6

34

2.93

1.22

95.85

Totals

202

2.97

1.14

95.89

 

Reporting Absences

Parents/carers should contact the school on the first day of their child’s absence before 9.30am. When parents/carers notify us of their child’s absence it is important that they provide us with details of the reason for their absence.

We realise that many young children will miss some days of school because of illness. If your child is ill, we ask that you contact the school (an answer phone is available. Please state either how many days you expect your child to be off sick, or ring school on a daily basis to advise them of your child’s progress (for example: If you inform the school that your child will be absent for two days due to illness and your child does not return to school on the third day, if you have not contacted the school, the absence will be classed as unauthorised). School office staff will endeavour to contact you for reasons for absence. If we are unable to contact you, the absence will also be classed as ‘unauthorised’.

 

Other Absences

We realise that there may be other rare occasions when a child is unable to be in school. Please tell us about these in confidence and we will let you know whether or not we are able to authorise these. Routine medical and dental appointments should be arranged out of the school day if at all possible. Days off for birthdays, buying uniform, parents feeling unwell, and hairdresser appointments will not be authorised.

 

Holidays in Term Time

With effect from September 2013 the government abolished the right of Head Teachers to authorise absence specifically for holidays of up to 10 days per year if special circumstances exist. Instead, Head Teachers will only be allowed to grant leave of absence for any reason if they are satisfied exceptional circumstances exist. Parents must inform the Head Teacher in writing giving a minimum of four weeks’ notice of an intended absence giving as much detail as possible for the reasons that they believe to be exceptional circumstances.

 

 

Punctuality

Regular late arrival at school is both disruptive to a child’s learning and unhelpful for preparing a child for routines needed in later life. Therefore please ensure that you child arrives at school in good time for the bell at 8.50am. Children may enter the school playground from 8:40am each day. If arriving after 9am, parents should accompany their child/ren to the front office. The time of arrival and reason will be recorded in the ‘Late Book’. Arrivals between 9am and 9:30am will be classed as ‘Late’. Arrivals after 9:30am will be classed as ‘Unauthorised.’

 

Poor Attendance

If your child’s attendance falls below 91% we will write to you to inform you of this. We will also request medical evidence for every day off in the future that your child may have. With medical evidence we can authorise the absence. Without medical evidence the days will be classed as unauthorised and will result in a fixed penalty warning letter being issued. If attendance does not improve above 91% then you will receive a fixed penalty notice fine from Lincolnshire County Council.

 

At the end of this brochure you can find copies of the relevant statutory letters that are sent out to parents when their child starts at Old Leake Primary School, or is issued with a fixed penalty notice.

 

Summary

We apologise if this information appears harsh and unfriendly. However, school attendance is currently a national government priority and schools are required to make expectations clear to all parents and carers. At Old Leake our staff and governors only want the best for our children. Good school attendance has been shown to be one of the factors likely to lead to a successful future, which surely is what every parent and carer wants for their child.