Crookesbroom Attendance Officer is: Miss S Jones
School has a statutory duty to keep your child safe which includes knowing where they are if they are not in school. Whilst we strive for 100% attendance from every student, Crookesbroom, along with the Local Authority, expects all our students to achieve at least 96% attendance during this Academic Year. Please be aware that the Academy reserves the right to refuse students with attendance less than 96% to go on Academy trips and outings.
We do appreciate that children are sometimes genuinely ill. If your child feels unwell in the morning, please provide them with appropriate pain relief/medication and send them to the Academy. Any prescribed medication can be brought into the Academy if a consent form has been completed in reception. Please note, all prescribed medications must be brought into the Academy in their original packaging with the prescription label visible. Any other non-prescription pain relief such as ibuprofen or calpol will not be administered by the Academy.
If your child is too ill to be in the academy then we ask that you notify the attendance team by phone call 01302 841337 on the first day of illness and all subsequent days. If you do not contact the office, school will ring you followed by every contact we hold for your child until we speak to somebody. If your child is absent for two consecutive days and we are unable to contact anybody, we will visit the family home in order to ensure that your child/children are safe and well. If we are still unable to contact a named contact, then we may call 101 in order to seek the police’s assistance in locating the family.
Safe and Well Home Visits
Safe & Well home visits are conducted by our Attendance Staff when a student is absent from the Academy. We conduct these regardless of whether we have received notification from parents/carers in relation to the reason your child is absent from the Academy. This may be on the first or second day of absence. Please note if we are not able to conduct a safe and well visit and see the student after 48 hours, we will notify this to South Yorkshire Police as a safeguarding concern.
Please be aware illness of over 2 days may not be authorised without medical evidence. If your child is absent, we will make a safe and well check, even if we have a reason for the absence. We may do this on the first day of absence.
Rewards for Good Attendance and Punctuality
At Crookesbroom, we recognise the importance of good attendance and punctuality and as a result, we reward the children with daily, half-termly, termly and yearly rewards.
Please see the document below for the full list of attendance rewards.
Crookesbroom Primary Academy Attendance Procedures
If your child’s attendance drops below 96%, you will receive letter 1 informing you that we are concerned.
If there are further absences, letter 2 will be sent.
Letter 2 advises that further absences will not be authorised and medical evidence will be requested for appointments.
Following letters 1 and 2, if there is no improvement in your child’s attendance, then the following actions may be taken:
- Invite to Attendance Support Plan meeting,
- Voice of the Child
- Court Proceedings
Punctuality – Arriving at school on time
School opens its doors at 8:40am. Registration begins at 8:50am and ends at 9:00am.
If your child arrives after 9:00am, they will be marked as L in the register, which means they are late.
If they arrive after 9:20am, they will be recorded as U and this results in an unauthorised absence for the morning, which affects your child’s attendance. You will receive a letter, a home visit and be invited to a support meeting if we are concerned about the number of late marks your child has.
Crookesbroom has a breakfast club and all pupils are welcome. The breakfast club opens at 8am and provides your child with a healthy breakfast and the opportunity to develop their social skills. You may find that regular attendance at breakfast club may help to improve your child’s punctuality.
Unavoidable Medical Appointments
Please arrange all appointments outside the school day wherever possible. If the appointment is unavoidable, we expect your child to attend before and after the appointment. A full day’s absence will not be authorised for a medical appointment, unless it is a medical appointment lasting the full day.
Holidays during Term Time
Holidays during term time will not be authorised, unless there are exceptional circumstances, and an Education Penalty Notice will be requested from the Local Authority. If you are planning to remove your child from school to take them on holiday, please complete a Leave of Absence form, available from the office.
Please be aware that if you do not complete a Leave of Absence form or inform school that you are taking your child on holiday, but school has good reason to believe they are absent due to a holiday, then an Education Penalty Notice will still be requested. (Please refer to part c of section 3.1 ISSUING A PENALTY NOTICE of the attached Doncaster Council Code of Conduct for Education Penalty Notices May 2018).
The Penalty is £60 per parent per pupil and if not paid within 21 days this will increase to £120. Failure to pay the full amount within 28 days will result in a summons to appear in the Magistrates Court.