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Good School Attendance
Here at Marnel Junior School we want to support you and your family in getting your children into school and in on time each day. We do understand that there are lots of unavoidable factors that can make it hard to get your child to school on time, but would urge you to always attempt to bring your child into school and notify us first thing each day if they are off.
In line with Hampshire guidelines a penalty notice can be issued if your child has 10 unauthorised session of absence and/or your child is persistently late.
The following website explains the importance of supporting your child's attendance and explains in more detail when a penalty notice may be issued.
Absence and being late to school in the morning means your child misses vital learning and they can have an unsettled start to the day. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment. We have lots of different options we can explore to support you in getting your child into school. We know that mornings can be tough, but we are here to help; so please just ask.
Our Home School Link Manager, Vanessa Dore is on hand 5 days a week should you need to discuss an attendance query or difficulty, please contact the school office to speak to her or arrange a meeting. She may also make contact with you directly depending on your child's individual attendance figure, or persistent lateness... don't be worried, she is here to help.
Our School Target
Our whole school attendance target for this year is 96%. We also have individual group attendance figures which can be seen in the document below. Always remember that your child's attendance figure changes as the year goes on, there is always time to make those positive changes and see that improvement... it is never too late.
Promoting and Supporting Good Attendance in School
How we promote attendance to our students and how we support our families.
The Marnel Junior School Attendance Ladder:
We will be celebrating your child's attendance in school by encouraging them to 'climb to the top of the ladder'. At the end of every term we will be holding a raffle for prizes, including vouchers, days out and gifts. Depending on where your child is on the ladder will determine the number of raffle tickets they have entered into the draw. For more information see our Attendance Brochure below.
As you know all the children in the school have been assigned a house, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. The children have shown great enthusiasm in earning house points since these were introduced last year, so now they will be able to earn house points for good and improving attendance. At the end of each half term every child in the class with the highest attendance will earn 15 house points each!
On the last Wednesday of every month we will have an attendance clinic running in school. These will be held by our Home School link Manger and another member of the senior leadership team. You can book a clinic slot if you would like to attend a meeting, or it might be that you receive and invite to come along. These clinics are there to answer any queries, offer support and where needed set up improvement plans to help increase your child's attendance and/or help them get into school on time in the morning.
Attendance improvement plans:
If your child has low attendance and/or a history of low attendance, a 2 week attendance improvement plan may be put into place.
This may also be the case if your child is persistently late.
You will be notified if this happens by letter and will have regular phone calls with the Home School Link Manager to see what we can do to help your family. Use this time to ask for any support you need and explore options with the school on how we can help you with getting your child into school each day.
We do not feel that these plans need to go on longer than two weeks, we are sure that this support will be sufficient in increasing your child's attendance. At the end of the 2 weeks we will review your child's attendance plan and advise you of the next steps, although we are sure you won't need any!
Illness is unavoidable, and we know that in current circumstances knowing whether to send your child into school can be difficult, and a worry. We are taking regular guidance from Hampshire and the DfE on how Covid-19 impacts attendance, what symptoms to be looking out for, isolation periods and when to get tested.
If you feel your child has Covid-19 symptoms; a temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please keep them home and notify the school immediately. If you are unsure as to whether your child should be coming into school please call the school office and they will be more than happy to advise you.
It isn't just illness and holidays that impact your child's attendance, we understand that more complex factors can be present. Ongoing medical conditions, mental health, finances, child development, education, childcare, change in family circumstances and much more can make it difficult to get your child to school. Our Home School Link Manager can offer guidance and seek additional support, both inside and outside of school to assist with any of these difficulties. Please let us know if you are having any difficulties, either by speaking to a member of school staff, calling the school office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't struggle on your own, we know attendance can weigh on parent's minds and is not always a straight forward fix.
For more information on attendance at Marnel Junior School, please see our school attendance policy under the 'Policies' section of the school website.