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The Orchard Primary School, Gammons Lane, Watford WD245JW
Tel: 01923 672280 Email:admin@orchard.herts.sch.uk

Attendance

At Orchard Primary School, we want the whole school community – governors, staff, parents and pupils to be committed to high standards of attendance and punctuality.
Good attendance helps the children to maximise their learning.

Nursery Morning Session: 8.30 am - 11.30 am
Nursery Afternoon Session: 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Morning Session: 8.50 am - 12.00 pm KS1 , 12.30 pm KS2
(after 9.00am children will be marked as late, after 9.15am they will be marked as absent)
Afternoon Session: 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm Reception, 3.20 pm KS1, 1.30pm - 3.20pm KS2
Morning break: 10.55am - 11.10 am

We ask that children should not be in school before 8.40 am as adequate supervision cannot be guaranteed. Parents are welcome to wait in the playground with their child. Dogs are not to be brought into the school grounds, unless they are a guide dog. Bicycles, skates and scooters should not be ridden on the playground, as they can be a danger to other children and parents. This school is a non-smoking environment. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the school grounds.

Absences & Lateness
If your child is late for school an adult must come into the school and sign them in, giving an explanation for the lateness.
Parents are responsible for informing the school if their child is absent. This should be done on the first day of absence and an explanation for the absence should be provided.

On a daily basis, if your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, we ask parents to do one of the following:
Telephone the school as soon as possible before 9.15am
E-mail admin@orchard.herts.sch.uk
Inform the School Office in person
Send a written note to the school in advance of the absence

Parents should avoid if at all possible making medical/dental appointments for their child during school hours. Pupils who have been sick at home are to be kept home for 48 hrs from the last time of sickness.

Following up Absence - First Day Response
• If after the close of registration there is no explanation for a child’s absence, the priority 1 and /or 2 contact will be called.
• If a reason for the non-attendance is not established the other contacts on the child’s file will be contacted.
• Please inform the office of any weekly patterns which would require a different priority contact to be called.

School Absence
Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for a holiday or any other reason. If in exceptional circumstances parents apply to the Headteacher, in writing, at least 2 weeks in advance, the school may grant authorised absence. Requests for absences will be considered individually. When making the decision the Headteacher will consider the following factors:
the amount of time requested
age of the child
the child’s general absence/attendance record
proximity to SATs and assessment periods
child’s ability to catch up the work
child’s educational needs
general welfare of the child
circumstances of the request / purpose of the leave
frequency of the activity
when the request was made

Penalty Notices
Section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 empowers schools to issue penalty notices in cases of unauthorised absence of pupils of statutory school age. At Orchard School we expect parents to work with us to address attendance problems. If a pupil has at least 15 sessions (half day= 1 session) unauthorised absence, in the current and / or previous term, the head teacher may ask the LA to issue a Penalty Notice.
The amount payable is £60 (per parent) if paid within 21 days or £120 (per parent) if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of the notice. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after the expiry of the payment period and the Local Authority has not withdrawn the notice, the Local Authority will prosecute for the offence under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

Rewards
Orchard School rewards good attendance. Certificates may be awarded for:
• Best House attendance each week
• Best Class attendance each week
• Children who achieve 100%
• Children who have tried really hard to gain 100%
• Children whose punctuality or attendance improves significantly

Classes and Houses will compete for a weekly attendance certificate, to be presented in sharing assembly.
Children, Schools and Families also award certificates for excellent and improved attendance during the academic year.
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