Here at Queenswood, we believe attendance to be vital if children are going to reach their potential.
At Queenswood, we use the 'Wise Up to Attendance' strategy to ensure children are involved in tracking their own attendance. Every week children identify whether their attendance is GOLD, SILVER or needs work.
In celebration assembly each week, class attendance is compared and recorded in the whole school attendance display. There are class rewards for a week of 100% attendance on offer.
Every child who has 100% attendance for the week receives a small treat as recognition of their commitment to their schooling.
Each term every child who has 100% attendance for that term is put into a draw and one child receives a voucher for £10. This is currently funded through prize money the school has received in recognition of its improved attendance.
At the end of the year, certificates are given out to all children with gold, silver and 100% attendance.
If your child is ill, please ring us by 9.10am or send us a message so that we know that your child is safely at home. Please ensure that you inform Marie or Teresa in the school office, rather than a teacher. Please try to make medical or dental appointments outside the school day. If this is not possible then please send us a note in advance and bring appointment cards in to the office.
REQUESTS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING SCHOOL TIME
Parents should apply to the Headteacher for any request for leave of absence in term time by completing a request form available from Marie or Teresa in school reception. (DFE guidance states school should not authorise leave retrospectively).
The Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time. The Governors and Headteacher of the school support this and have decided that students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances. Each application will be considered and the Headteacher will determine the duration of any leave if it is agreed and authorised. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent or posted to the parent's home address.
As a school we are asked to inform you that, in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 per parent per child, increasing to £120 if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.
By law, the head teacher of the school is the only person allowed to authorise absences.
There is a legal duty for parents to ensure that their child attends punctually for every school session. Attendance is recorded on children's annual reports and is reported to the Board of Governors. We are required to note, and report on, unauthorised absences and persistent lateness.
If children cannot attend school for any reason, it is important that parents and carers contact the school as soon as possible. It is important that you, and we, know that children are either at home or at school and not somewhere else and possibly in danger. Therefore, if no message is sent from home when a child is absent, our administrator will contact parents or carers to ensure that the child is safe.
Our current school attendance target is 96%
Attendance below 90% is considered to be persistent absence.