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For Parents and Carers

Attendance

Good attendance is vital if your child is to achieve and make good progress and get the best possible start in life.

Children who miss school frequently are more likely to fall behind and achieve less well. Children sometimes have to miss school because of an illness or if they have long term medical issues. If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let us know the reason that their child is not in school.

At Bracken Edge we work collaboratively with parents and (where relevant) other agencies to ensure that all children are encouraged and supported to attend school regularly.

Our aim is to:

  • Secure high and increasing rates of attendance
  • Raise attainment and achievement levels by having high expectations of attendance.
  • Promote the importance of good attendance to children and parents.

Good attendance is encouraged and a trophy is awarded to the classes with the highest attendance in Key Stages 1 and 2 each week.

At the end of each school term, those children who have achieved 100% attendance receive a Golden Ticket, a 100% attendance certificate and will be entered into a prize draw.

Punctuality

Being late for school makes it hard for your child to learn. The school day is designed to ensure all our children receive the legal time required for each subject. It may not seem much being a few minutes late but over the course of a week it mounts up, the chart below shows how much learning time your child could miss.

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Please note the DFE (Department for Education is the Government’s department to share their views with schools and parents) and it sets the expectation that parents and carers are to ensure their children attend school 95% of the time. No child is expected to be absent from school on holiday during term time. In very exceptional circumstances, and only if your child has an excellent attendance record, the headteacher may authorise up to 10 days absence and this must be requested in advance.

If you take your child out of school without permission, you may be issued with a fine by Leeds City Council on your return, this is £60 per parent, £60 per child (eg a family of four with two parents and two children would be fined a total of £240). For more details please see Miss Wilkinson, who is our attendance officer.