Attendance

Attendance at Macaulay is an extremely high priority of the academy’s, we want children in school all time to ensure they are learning and thriving in every lesson, every day. Whilst we understand children sometimes are ill and cannot attend school, we will always work with children, parents and carers, to ensure there is every chance of your child attending school everyday. School attendance and attainment are closely linked.  All members of staff work with parents to ensure children reach their full potential by attending school regularly. Our attendance team are here to help and support you in getting your child into school, on time, and ready to learn!

I am Mr Forrester, the Education Welfare Officer at Macaulay Primary Academy. I monitor attendance of pupils and their punctuality. If you have a query or would like to speak with me, I am contactable via the school office e-mail. Email: info@mpacademy.org.uk

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System
At Macaulay Primary Academy Academy our target is: 96.5% What colour was your class last week? Did you know… 96% attendance is: 8 days absence per year from school the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years 95% attendance is: 10 days absence per year from school 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child’s primary school education 90% attendance is: 19 days absence per year from school 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career Lateness ARE YOU HOT (Here OTime)Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:
Leave of Absence: We can no longer automatically accept letters from employers as a reason for approval, nor can we accept special offers, holidays as gifts or prizes as reasons to authorise the holiday.If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and you take your child out of school, or keep your child off longer than was agreed, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority may issue a penalty notice. The fine is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. Non-payment may result in the case being referred for prosecution through the magistrate’s court. Exclusion is seen as a last resort after all other attempts to modify behaviour have failed. Exclusion serves several purposes, including: We consider each request individually and cannot approve any leave retrospectively. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please complete a form which is available in our office or available for download at the bottom of this page.

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances. Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence.  Lateness not only affects your child’s education – it doesn’t allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Fixed Term and Permanent Exclusions To maintain high standards of behaviour in school To ensure the safety and well- being of all staff and children. If the headteacher excludes a child, they will inform the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. Parents will be informed that they can appeal against the decision to the governing body. The headteacher will follow the LA guidelines and would inform the LA, and the AAB. You can read our Behaviour Policy on our Statutory Information page here. After an exclusion a reintegration meeting will take place with the pupil and parents, where a support plan will be agreed. We would expect to see an eradication of the problem behaviour at the point of the child returning to school. If not, the headteacher will consider permanently excluding the child. Permanent exclusion is very rare and is for violence and behaviour which puts children and or staff at risk. The clerk to governors receives a copy of the exclusion letter and an official exclusion form is sent to the LA. The AAB will be informed annually of the number and types of exclusions. Under exceptional circumstances, the headteacher may issue a fixed term or permanent exclusion. It is also possible for the headteacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.

Rewards
Attendance at Macaulay is extremely important and we like the children to take ownership of this. Class leader boards are displayed around school so children can see how their class ‘team’ is doing and if they are winning the attendance race. We also like to reward the children for consistently high attendance, including a termly raffle where a winner is chosen from each primary phase to treat themselves to a new book and game from the local shops – you have to be in it to win it! Children will also receive attendance certificates for having attendance over 96%.

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