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Attendance Matters
We have put together an information leaflet outlining the importance of attendance at school. It is called ‘Attendance Matters’ and we hope that you find the information useful. Please click here for leaflet

Attendance and Punctuality Policy
Please click here to view our Attendance and Punctuality Policy

Joy Lane Primary School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils.  Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.

One of our basic principles is to celebrate success.  Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience.  We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils and we use a variety of awards to promote good attendance and punctuality. At Joy Lane Primary School we actively promote excellent attendance for all our pupils by keeping parents informed of their own child(rens) attendance termly. We also share classes and the whole school attendance throughout the year, through newsletters, and follow up all concerns immediately.

The Governors, Executive Headteacher and Staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at Joy Lane Primary School.

Parental Responsibility

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time.  Full attendance is essential to the all round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them by law. 

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent. This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe.

Pupils are expected to arrive by 8.40am. The register is taken at 8.50am and is then closed at 9am. All pupils that arrive late must report, with their parent to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded and also pupils are issued with a late pass in order to inform the class teacher. 

The Role of the School Staff

The Executive Headteacher has overall responsibility for attendance and is supported by the attendance officers and all school staff

Class teachers complete a register at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session.  Marking the attendance registers twice daily is a legal requirement.  Teachers mark pupils present or absent. The class teacher notifies the attendance officers/administrator of children whose attendance is causing concern. Attendance data for each class is closely monitored by the class teacher through an internal monitoring system.

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