Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4DT

01483 566586

reception@sandfield.surrey.sch.uk

Sandfield Primary School

Challenge ourselves and one another, Learn together, Achieve success

Attendance Cup Winners for w/e 21/07/2017 Year 6 with 100%! 

Attendance

 

The school will keep regular and accurate records of AM and PM attendance and punctuality as well as monitor individual pupil's attendance and punctuality.  Registration takes place promptly between 8.45 and 8.50am.  Any pupils who arrive up to 9.00am will be recorded as late and receive a 'late' mark in the register.  Registers close at 9.00am and after this time lateness is recorded as an unauthorised absence and subsequently a missed session.  Persistent lateness by a pupil will be referred to the Home School Link Worker and / or the Education Welfare Officer and can be subject to penalty notices.

It is expected, as per the school's attendance policy, that children arrive to school every day and on time. Exceptions to this being for illness or absence agreed with the Headteacher in advance.  Please remember to either telephone or email the school office before 9.15am if your child is unwell and is going to be absent from school. Wherever possible medical appointments should be made after school or in the school holidays.

If a pupil has to leave school for either illness or a medical appointment they must be collected by their parent from the school office where they need to be signed out and signed in again on their return.

The school's attendance target for 2016-2017 has been set by the Attendance Welfare Officer at 96.5%

​In the event that you need to take your child out of school for an appointment/music exam for part of the school day please complete the Absence Request Form and return to the school office. If you would like the Headteacher to consider an absence for any other reason than those stated above, the Application for Leave of Absence should be completed and returned to the school office before any leave is taken.

Please be aware that The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which became law on 1st September 2013 state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher will determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted. In accordance with the above Regulations, requests for leave of absence are treated sympathetically, but only in exceptional circumstances can they be approved. The policy of Surrey County Council to which this school has agreed, states that parents who take their child out of school for five days or more during term time, without the authority of the Headteacher, may be liable to receive a penalty notice. Penalty Notices will be issued by the Local Authority. The penalty is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of the notice. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28-day period the Local Authority must prosecute the recipient for failing to ensure regular school attendance under section 444 Education Act 1996.

Each parent is liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child who incurs unauthorised absences, for example, if there are two parents and one child, each parent will receive one Penalty Notice. If there are two parents and two children incurring unauthorised absences, each parent will receive two Penalty Notices, which in this case would amount to £120 each if paid within 21days. 

​Penalty notices may also be used by the Local Authority in the following circumstances:-
When a pupil is stopped during school hours by the Truancy Team, and there is a history of unauthorised absence, a warning letter will be sent to the parents informing them that their child’s attendance will be monitored for the following 15 school days. If there are further unauthorised absences, which may include a pupil arriving late after close of registration, a Penalty Notice will be issued.

Where a parent is failing to ensure their child’s regular school attendance, and is failing to engage with any supportive measures proposed by the school or Education Welfare. Before a Penalty Notice is issued, the parent will be sent a formal warning of their liability to receive such a notice.