At Kingsthorne Primary School we encourage all of our children to have excellent attendance and punctuality. Recent research by the Education Department has shown that even short gaps in a child’s attendance can reduce their progress and learning. Our aim at Kingsthorne is for every child to achieve 100%, with no late marks. We do understand, however, that children do have illnesses that may affect their attendance. With that in mind we do have an attendance target of 97% that all children should achieve in the academic year. Ultimately, if children are not in school they cannot learn.
Attendance is discussed in class regularly with children, and children are expected to take ownership of this and discuss ways to improve their attendance and punctuality.
Once a fortnight the class with the highest attendance are given a golden ticket in assembly with a secret reward. Some of the rewards that the children will enjoy are:
- Extra outside play with climbing frame and outdoor equipment
- Early lunch with an extra surprise
- Art and cooking experience
- A film with popcorn
- Decorating the school Christmas tree
- Extra play with PE equipment
School has 97% treats for all children from nursery to year 6 every half term to congratulate those pupils that have been in school and not late during the half term.
Information and School Policy
Persistent absence currently includes all children with attendance 90% or less. These children are monitored closely by Mrs Lillie (Family Support Worker) and Mrs Loach (Headteacher).
If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, school will not authorise any absence unless medical proof is provided. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% school will meet in the first instance with Mrs Lillie (Family Support Worker) and discuss if any additional help is needed for the family and then school will support with signposting. If attendance continues to deteriorate then a referral will be made to the Warwickshire Attendance team, where a family meeting will be arranged in school. We will accept medical appointment cards, prescriptions and medication as evidence. If you are unsure of whether to keep your children off school, then please give Mrs Lillie a call for advice.
Parent Notice - Attendance
School Opening Times and Lateness
Can we remind all parents that the classroom doors open at 8.45am and will close at 8.55am. Any child that arrives after 8.55am will need to enter the school via the office and will be registered as late.
The school day finishes at 3.30pm and parents should be waiting outside their child’s classroom door. Only children in Year 6 are allowed to walk home alone if they have written permission. If your child is to be collected by someone else, please see the class teacher beforehand or telephone the office on 0121 675 3897 to let them know and provide a password. Children are not allowed to be collected by anyone under the age of 18.
If parents have more than one child teachers will keep that child in the classroom until collected. Family Support Worker will monitor children who are collected late. If parents are persistently late, either at the beginning or the end of the school day, the Family Support Worker will meet with parents to discuss solutions.
Please be aware that lateness impacts on your child’s learning and emotional well being. If you are finding it difficult to send your child into school on time please speak to Mrs Lillie.
Please remember: School has a duty of care to monitor attendance, track and challenge where children are missing in education and if necessary take advice from other professionals. Where necessary we take families to court if the situation does not improve.
If we all work together we can give all of our Kingsthorne children the education they are entitled to!