At Eaton Park Academy, we expect pupils to arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day. We advocate strong attendance and punctuality each day.
It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.
Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ well-being, maximises progress in learning and helps pupils reach their potential. The attendance pattern for all children is monitored weekly, with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. It is our duty to promote 100% attendance for all children. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered, it is vital that our pupils are at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
All children have the right to an education and we have put in place appropriate procedures to support this. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.
96% – 100% (less than 7 days absence in a year) is good attendance.
96% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.
All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance by completion of the school form which can be found under the useful forms section or requested from the school office. Absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.
Our attendance officer is Mrs Julie Oakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I do if my child is absent?
A. Contact the school (01782 234760) on the first day of absence by 8:30am and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence. If you do not contact us, we will contact you by 9:30am via text message and telephone call to find out why your child is not in school. If we cannot get in touch with you, we will conduct a home visit.
Q. What is a good attendance percentage?
A. 96 – 100% (less than 7 days absence in a year) is good attendance. 96% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.
Q. What is poor attendance?
A. Anything below 95% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.
Q. What will happen if my child’s attendance falls below 95%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You will be sent a letter or invited to an Attendance Meeting at the school.
Q. I need to talk to someone about my child’s attendance / I need support with my child’s attendance. A. Mrs Oakes, our attendance officer, can help you with this and is able to support you with your child’s attendance. Please contact Mrs Oakes via the office on 01782 234760.
Q. Isn’t my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The school may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.
If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time parents will be served a penalty notice by Stoke-on-Trent Education Welfare Office (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad, a fine of £120 for two children who live with a single parent)
Did you know there are 175 non school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc.?
Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school, the school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child’s attendance.
REMEMBER EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNTS TOWARDS YOUR CHILD’S SUCCESS!