ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY POLICY 2017

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

St Julian’s is committed to ensure regular attendance at school is a priority which will in turn provide students with the best possible chances in life to succeed and to achieve their goals. Regular school attendance is essential for all children and young people. Failure to regularly attend can increase the risk of leaving school without any qualifications, and can also increase the likelihood of students being drawn into criminal and antisocial behaviour.

Our school will endeavour to work with parents/carers, students, the local authority and the Education Achievement Service (EAS) to ensure that all students receive an appropriate education and to attend school regularly. This attendance policy reflects the local authority’s Attendance Strategy.

Aims
This policy aims to ensure that attendance and punctuality remains a key focus for all, including governors, teachers, parents/carers, students and partner agencies. We will strive to:
● offer a safe and friendly environment which welcomes children regardless of race, gender or ability
● raise standards and ensure all students reach their full potential, through a high level of school attendance and punctuality
● ensure all stakeholders receive communication about information on the importance of regular school attendance
● identify those students with irregular attendance at an early stage and work with partner agencies to try and address any barriers that stop pupils from attending school regularly
● keep accurate and up to date attendance data
● ensure all students are safe, and for the school to follow the local authority’s ‘Children Missing Education’ guidance
● reward those students who have made significant progress in raising attendance levels