Millbridge Junior Infant and Nursery School

Parents  »  Attendance

Good attendance is vital if your child is to achieve and make good progress. Poor attendance can result in slow rates of progress and lower attainment, as well as missing out on learning experiences and the possibility of problems socialising with other pupils. We monitor attendance daily. Term time holidays are not authorised and could result in fines being issued.
 
Please notify us by phone (01924 668836) to let us know and explain your child’s absence. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your child, we will contact you if we have not received notification from you.
We monitor attendance daily and record attendance on pupils’ profiles which are shared at least termly, as well as each child’s end-of-year report to parents. If we have concerns about a child’s attendance or punctuality, we will contact you to discuss how this might be improved. Mrs Nadine Cotton, SHARE MAT Attendance Officer, will be able to work with parents/guardians to maintain good attendance at school.
Good attendance is encouraged and all children achieving 100% attendance each term will be invited to the 100% Attendance Treat.


Returning after an absence
If your child is returning to school part-way through the day, please take them to the main office to sign them in. If they are returning on a morning following an absence, please ensure that written confirmation of the reason for absence is provided if this has not already been done.
Persistent absence – attendance below 90%
Any child whose attendance falls below 90% will be monitored closely and further action may be taken.


Punctuality
Being late for school makes it hard for your child to learn. If they are 30 minutes late each day it means they are missing a half day of school every week. If your child is late by 10 minutes a day he or she will miss the equivalent of one week’s learning in a year.
It is important that pupils are punctual so that they do not miss out of the beginning of each school day. This time can be important because information is often given out which allows for the smooth running of the day and helps pupils feel part of the school community.
The school opens at 8.50 a.m. and pupils should be in school at this time to change from outdoor clothing. It is essential that your child is ready for registration at 9.00 a.m. prompt. All entrances with the exception of the main school entrance are closed at 8.57 a.m.
Pupils arriving after this time will have to report to the office where their names will be entered into the “late book” for safety reasons and monitoring of attendance.

 
Punctuality is a good thing because: Lateness is not good because:
It gets the day off to a good start It gets the day off to a bad start
It establishes positive patterns for the future It can be embarrassing for your child
It helps your child develop It may damage your child’s confidence
It helps your child make and keep friends It can affect friendship patterns
It leads to self-confidence and success It disrupts learning for everyone
It is good training for adult life and work It can hinder your child’s achievement
Please note that school will only Authorise Holiday’s in Term Time for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ which must be supported by a covering letter. Any absence for a holiday which does not meet the Regulations or Discretionary Criteria will be marked as an unauthorised absence. If your child has absence marked as unauthorised, you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for this period. It should be noted that BOTH parents would be at risk of a Fixed Penalty Notice for each child within the family who have a period of unauthorised absence from school.  On receipt of a Penalty Notice, a parent will be required to pay the sum of £60 per parent, per child. This should be paid within 28 days. The Penalty will increase to £120, if paid after 28 but within 42 days. Non payment of the Penalty will lead to prosecution under Section 444A Education Act 1996.