The expectation at Rice Lane
Attendance should be 100% for every child
The Government target is 97%
(Unless medical conditions or exceptional circumstances prevent this)
Rice Lane Primary School and Nursery is determined to achieve excellent attendance. As a parent or carer, you have an important part to play. Your children have a right to a good education and you have a legal responsibility to ensure that they go to school on time, all the time.
Parents will receive regular updates on attendance from school and the Headteacher and all the staff monitor attendance daily, weekly, half termly and termly. This will be through traffic light systems such as;
Amber – 96.9%-94%
Red – Below 94%
Children are rewarded in school for excellent attendance and they are very clear about why excellent attendance is important.
At the end of each week the class with the best attendance will receive 100 ‘paw’ cent and are presented this in weekly assemblies.
We are always happy to help parents improve attendance and punctuality.
Schools are legally required to take a register of pupils first thing in the morning and at some point in the afternoon.
If a pupil is late but the register is still open they are marked as late. If the register has already closed when a pupil arrives late and without a satisfactory explanation, it will be classed as late after the register has closed which will count as an absence. Our registers close at 9:30am.
Continual punctuality is important because if, for example, a child arrives 15 minutes late at school each day, they lose almost 2 weeks of education a year! Absence due to lateness (after 9:30am) will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.