Celebrating attendance at Ermine Primary Academy
19th November 2021
Congratulations to all of the classes whose attendance, this week (11th - 18th November), is above 96%!
There is a very strong link between regular school attendance and achievement and if your child is frequently absent from school the chances of them gaining appropriate progress or attainment will be much lower. The Government’s target attendance for all children is 96%.
8.30am- School gates open
8.45am- School starts
8.45am- 9.00am Registration
Please do not allow your child to be on the school premises before 8.30 am unless he/she attends Breakfast Club. Staff are not on duty until 8.30 am therefore the school cannot take responsibility for your child prior to this time.
The school doors shut at 9.00am so all children after this time will need to come through the main school office. If your child arrives between 9:05am and 9.35am your child will be marked as late. If they arrive after 9.35am your child will be given an unauthorised attendance mark.
Currently persistent absent pupils are defined statistically according to the absent day threshold-see table below
Half term 1
3.5 or more days
Half term 1-2 (Autumn term)
7 or more days
Half term 1-3
10 or more days
Half term 1-4 (Autumn term and Spring term combined)
12.5 or more days
Half term 1-5
15.5 or more days
Half term 1-6 (Full academic year)
19 or more days
In order to minimise absences from school due to medical appointments we ask that all medical appointments are made out of school hours unless vital or due to an emergency. If your child does have a medical appointment please bring a copy of the letter/appointment card into the main school office.
Should your child’s attendance become a concern you will be asked to provide medical notes/evidence for all absences. Absences for which we do not receive medical evidence will not be authorised.
We do not authorise any holidays taken in term time. Parents need to write to the Principal to request a leave of absence for exceptional circumstances. Fixed Penalty notices may then be issued by Lincolnshire County Council once children have returned to school.
At Ermine Primary Academy we want to support families with regular attendance at school, if we identify that attendance appears to be dropping we will support you to help this improve. We may invite you to discuss with the attendance and welfare team an early help assessment to identify the best ways to move forward.
If a pupil’s attendance falls below 90% action will be taken which may include letters, meetings in school, home visits or the issuing of fixed penalty warning notices or legal proceedings against the parent or carers of pupils who are persistently absent. This procedure may be shortened if your child’s attendance 85% or less and has not improved over the following four week period.