Your child’s success depends on being in school to learn. Being absent means they lose valuable learning time and also prevents them from engaging with their friends and other activities they enjoy. We ask for your full support in ensuring your child attends everyday unless they are suffering from illness or as directed by a doctor. Remember sometimes Calpol and hydrating can help your child come into school and still learn.
We work closely with our Trust Education Welfare officer (EWO) to help parents and children come in to school on time, where attendance and punctuality becomes a concern.
|Every Day Counts – aiming for 100% attendance and punctuality|
|Attendance is above 97%
This means that your child is absent for less than 6 days a year.
Your child has every chance of meeting and possibly exceeding target levels
|Attendance is 95% or more
Absent for less than 10 days in the school year, therefore missing up to 50 hours of learning.
Your child will probably achieve their target levels if they catch up on lost learning
Attendance is 90-94.5%
Absent for up to 20 days in the school year which is a month’s lost learning of potentially 100 hours.
The amount of absence may make progress in learning difficult
|Attendance is between 85-90%
Absent for up to 30 days in the school year – 6 weeks which is potentially 120 hours of lost learning.
Missing this much time will make it extremely difficult for your child to keep up in lessons, make progress and reach their target levels. The Leigh Attendance Welfare Officer and the Local Authority will become involved.
|Attendance is below 85%
This amount of absence will seriously affect your child’s learning potential and life chances. Parents/Carers may face court action.
Your child is missing 180 hours+ of learning and unlikely to reach target levels and fulfil potential.
If your child is ill, please contact us on the first day of absence.
|Infants||By ringing: 01322 223751
By texting: 07710859353
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Juniors||By ringing: 01322 224453
By texting: 07434 496328
By email: email@example.com
If you have genuine difficulties in getting your child to school, please contact our FLOs:
The following guidelines should be followed to ensure infection or illness is not passed on to other children:
Click here to go to our policy page for the Leigh Academies Trust Attendance Policy
Lateness and Punctuality
Your child needs to be ready to start their daily classroom learning promptly and in a calm manner. Rushing in late causes disruption for other children and does not help your child set up well for the day. We ask you to ensure your child is ready to be lined up and taken in by the class teacher (where appropriate). Children arriving late will need to sign in at reception and where necessary will be referred to our Trust Education Welfare Officer if lateness and punctuality starts to impact your child’s learning.
Holidays in term time
At Dartford Primary Academy holidays during term time are not permitted. We will not authorise any leave during the times in which your child should be learning. In very exceptional circumstances, we request you make an appointment with our Attendance officer to discuss your circumstance, before meeting with the Principal. We will actively work with our educational welfare officer to ensure all unauthorised absence is kept to a minimum.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.Ofsted
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.Ofsted
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.Ofsted
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