The Importance of School Attendance
Good attendance at school is important for academic progress and social interaction.
Therefore, in order for each pupil to do their very best, it is important that they are always in school on time, attendance is very good and that few school days are missed. Lost time breaks routines and children can miss important aspects of their learning.
Expectations at Rosehill School
At Rosehill, we have a clear expectation that pupils should aim for 100% attendance every year.
We recognise, however, that illness happens, children can become unwell and there will be occasions when your child is too poorly to come into school. School expects the support of parents and carers in ensuring that children always attend, when possible. Where a child is unwell, parents and carers should ensure they follow the 'Reporting' procedures below.
Rosehill School Attendance Officer
All parents and carers are welcome to speak directly with the Schools Attendance Officer, Charlotte Turner
Telephone: 0115 9155 815
Reporting of absence - Information for Parents & Carers
The attendance line phone number is 0115 9155815.
Please phone this number by 8am (or as early as possible) to speak to a member staff regarding a child's absence.
If your child is ill and not able to attend school, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to contact the school with a reason for you child´s absence. Should you have any concerns about your child´s attendance and wish to speak to someone, you can contact the school administration team and your class teacher, who will be able to provide support.
Short term absence
There will be times when children are unwell or have health appointments. School must be told of the reason for these absences, either in writing or by phone on the first day of absence. Appointments should, where possible, be arranged for out of school hours, school also require a copy of the appointment card/letter.
If absence is persistent the Education Welfare Officer will be involved in supporting the family to improve attendance.
Long term absence
School endeavour to support all families and pupils to ensure they are able to attend school as often as possible. During long term absences school ask that families remain in contact with them. We will continue to offer as much support as possible, with the aim of ensuring the pupil returns to school as soon as they can.
By law, all children must attend the school they are registered at regularly.
Should your child’s attendance fall to 92% or below we will invite you in to discuss the reasons with school representatives (usually with the Headteacher and Class Teacher) and the Education Welfare Officer, and provide support if necessary to overcome any barriers to attendance using an Attendance Action Plan.
What we have been doing to improve and sustain the best outcomes for our learners
Staff have been working closely with parents, carers and extended services to ensure that we are promoting and communicating the importance of good attendance at school.
- Reviewing and updating our Pupil Attendance Policy
- Providing letters to parents and carers to fully explain the importance of good attendance and the impact of poor attendance on pupils learning and social interaction skills
- Updating our school website to ensure we consistently communicate the importance of this issues
- Providing individualised meetings to ensure the relevant services are supporting families
- Holding parents/carers discussions (as part of parents mornings and school events) to raise the profile of attendance and to provide ongoing opportunities for discussing the issue
- Putting action plans in place with parents/carers and relevant services where attendance decreases or does not improve
- Reporting ongoing developments and outcomes to the schools Governing Body and the Local Authority
- Holding multi-agency meetings with services such as health/social care to explore how all services to can support pupils with additional needs e.g. health concerns
Further Information for Parents and Carers
Attendance at school is, in most cases, one of the most important factors that effects the chances of success at school. We continue to work hard to support our learners and their families in having good attendance at school.
We hope that you find the following helpful in supporting us in improving attendance even further.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What do I do if my child is not well enough to come to school?
A. If your child is ill or absent for any reason, contact the school on the attendance line on the first day of absence. You may be asked to provide evidence if your child has high attendance.
Q. What should I do if my child has a medical appointment during school time?
A. If you know the date and time for a hospital appointment please inform the school in advance. However, you should try to make routine appointments such as dental check-ups during the school holidays or after school. You will be asked to sign your child in and out of the school and this information will be recorded on our attendance system.
Q. Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
A. At Rosehill School we do not authorise holidays for pupils in term time. The Headteacher and Governing Body will only consider cases for leave in term time, if there is an exceptional circumstance. Appendix A, Pupil leave of absence in special circumstances request form, provides further information regarding such circumstances. This can be found following the link at the bottom of this page.
Parents and Carers should note that the 'Leave of Absence Form' must be returned to the Headteacher 3 weeks prior to the requested leave of absence. The Headteacher will consider all requests, however there is no guarantee that requests will be authorised.
Q. What is an authorised absence?
A. Authorised absence means the school is satisfied with the explanation provided.
Q. What is an unauthorised absence?
A. Unauthorised absence means the school does not accept the reason provided or the reason does not comply with government guidelines. Unauthorised absences can result in parents being prosecuted.
Q. What is a persistent absence (pa)?
A. A persistent absentee (PA) is any pupil who has accumulated higher levels of authorised or unauthorised absence. .
Q. What happens if my child does not attend school regularly?
A. As a parent/carer, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly.
Q. What can I do as a parent to help?
A. If your child misses school regularly or is unhappy at school, you should contact school as soon as possible so that we can work with you to resolve difficulties. We understand that many of our children and young people require additional support from social care, health services and/or other extended teams, therefore we ensure we coordinate and facilitate support to benefit pupil outcomes.
Educational Welfare Service
Rosehill School works closely with Nottingham City Educational Welfare Services. The Educational Welfare Service work to raise achievement levels by working with pupils, parents and schools, other agencies and the community, to improve the attendance of the city pupils. Also, they work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
If you need to request a leave of absence under exceptional circumstances, please fill out the form below and return to the school. This form must be completed, signed and returned by the parent or carer.