12th December 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
An analysis of our attendance figures has revealed a worrying increase in the number of children arriving late to school.
For the period 03/09/2018-10/12/2018 there were 472 late arrivals, this is up from 336 late arrivals for the same period in 2017 and 204 late arrivals in the same period in 2016.
In our last Ofsted visit in 2015 we were challenged to improve on the number of pupils arriving late and we need the help and support from parents and carers in order to do this.
How does being late to school affect children?
A child who enters a classroom late often misses the principle objectives for the day and must start to catch up so will start the day from a place of disadvantage. Their late arrival is also likely to disrupt the class and delay learning for all.
Children who are often late have trouble settling in and mastering routines. Lateness can throw off their whole morning or even their day, especially if the late commute to school was stressful. They can often feel self-conscious about entering the classroom late.
Frequent lateness is associated with lower grades and lower scores on standardised tests. In addition, children who are routinely late at the primary school level are more likely to struggle in secondary school.
Parents/carers must comply with Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 that states that:
“(1) If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence.”
The Isle of Wight Council School Attendance Guidance & Legislation September 2018 states that “Parents/Carers are responsible for making sure their child attends school regularly and punctually.”
What will the school do?
The Department for Education document “School Attendance: Guidance for Schools 2018″states that “Schools should actively discourage late arrival, be alert to patterns of late arrival and seek an explanation from the parent.”
In partnership with the Education Welfare Service the school will be monitoring children who are late for school. Parents/Carers of children who are regularly late for school will be invited in for a School Attendance Meeting. If lateness persist then further involvement from the Education Welfare Service will be requested. In cases of persistent lateness (at least 10 session of unauthorised lateness over a period of 12 weeks, not including school holidays) Truancy Penalty Notice (also known as Fixed Penalty Notices) warnings can be issued.
When is a child late?
For Years 1-6 doors open at 8.35am and school starts at 8.40am. Children should be in their classrooms by 8.40am, anyone arriving after this time will be classed as late.
For Reception school starts at 8.45am, anyone arriving after this time will be classed as late.
Anyone arriving after the close of registers at 9.00am will be marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning session, which will affect their attendance mark.
Thank you for your co-operation in addressing this matter.
Mr. Mark Snow