Attendance and Punctuality
The government has recently raised their persistent absence percentage to 90% and all schools/academies have to show that they have a robust system in place to track and support any attendance which falls below this level.
Attendance here at Oasis Academy Warndon is co-ordinated by Miss Audra Burton (Deputy Principal). We have a Attendance and Admissions Officer, Mrs Gemma Hall who works closely with Miss Burton on a daily basis.
OUR ATTENDANCE TARGET IS 97% ( currently 95.9%) so we have some work to do, although we do aim in the long term for 100%.
The SOL attendance tracker is shared with every class each Monday morning and rewards or discussions are had accordingly. Teachers monitor the attendance in their class carefully and any concerns are referred directly to Miss Burton.
Attendance and Access to the School Site
School gates open at 8:30am every morning to allow time for your child to reach their classrooms on time. Doors open at 8:45am and close at 9am to allow registration to take place. If your child is in after 9am please be aware they will need to be bought to the office, signed in and a reason must be given for the lateness. Therefore this will result in a late mark.
Illness's, Medications, Appointments and Term-Time Leave
We understand at times that there can be genuine reasons for absences. Please remember to keep the Academy Office informed.
We understand that at times illness can permit your child from attending school. If this is the case please ensure you let teachers know and call the absence line to report this to the Academy Office. If your child becomes unwell at school, they will be assessed by class teachers and phase leaders who will determine if they are suitable to remain in the Academy. If they need to be sent home parents/carers will be contacted.
If your child is on any medications it is fine for them to come to school. We have first-aider's who can administer the medication when required- Please note that a medication form will need to be filled in and signed by parents/carers. It will need to be in date and named.
Medical appointments should be made outside of school hours where possible. If this is not permittable then we require proof of appointment to enable us to mark down registrations accordingly.
Please remember that- Due to Friday afternoon celebration assemblies early collections of children will not be possible unless by prior arrangement and accompanied by a medical note.
Term Time Leave
The Academy does not authorise term time leave unless it is extenuating circumstances. Any holiday taken during term time should be applied for using 'The Application for Leave of Absence Form' which is passed onto Miss Burton. Unauthorised leave has a negative impact on your child’s attendance and may result in a fixed penalty notice being issued by the local authority.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting families and improving attendance, we offer a walking bus service 4 days per week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Each half term we operate two routes and give selected families the opportunity to take part, where for 2 days per week 2 members of staff will collect the children and bring them to school.
The aim is to create a good morning routine for the children, which we hope they will adopt every day, so that they are able to be in school, on time, every day going forward.
The route changes every half term to accommodate for children in all parts of our catchment area and to ensure that we help as many families as possible.
If you have any queries about attendance please contact Mrs Hall on 01905 453530.
Also keep an eye on our Twitter feed for any updates.
We have evolved a system of rewarding attendance throughout the school which has resulted in good, sustained improvement and so we intend to maintain this at present:-
- Classes are rewarded each day if they have 100% attendance ( all children in and all on time) – class merit, marbles in jar,house points etc.
- Each week the attendance data is monitored and the 'Attendance Cup' is awarded to the class with the best attendance.
- Each week the top 3 classes are awarded points to move around the board on our 'Attendopoly Game'- (Attendopoly)
- 100% for the week results in extra playtime and biscuits
- Class competition is fierce between teachers and pupils alike and we actively encourage this.
The first or second week of each term is ATTENDANCE WEEK. This is a way of really focusing children on the importance of good attendance at the start of every term. An alert is normally sent on the first day off attendance week as a reminder. All children with 100% attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the week.
You can support us with this aim by doing the following things;
- Do not book holidays in term time.
- Make medical appointments after your child has had the morning or afternoon attendance mark and always return to school afterwards.
- Do not take your child out of school unless in exceptional circumstances.
- Always ring the school to let us know where your child is and why they are absent.
- Always encourage your child to attend, as sometimes the child saying they don’t feel well could mean they are just tired.
- If your child has been ill, encourage them to attend as soon as they are fit and able.
- Be punctual and set good routines, as persistent lateness will affect their attendance.