Attendance

Late Children

Dear Parents,

The attendance department felt the need to write to all parents regarding children coming to school late and being picked up late. We have many children coming to school late in the morning and it seems to be increasing all the time which is not acceptable. Most of the reasons given are ‘we have overslept’ or ‘had transport issues’. The gates are closed at 8.55am so if you are late for school, you will have to exit via the main office (The Ponderosa).

When a child is late for school regularly this is how much time they miss over the year:

5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost
10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days lost
15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost Quite shocking isn’t it?
20 minutes late each day = 13 days lost
30 minutes late each day = 19 days lost

Things you can do to ensure you and your children are prepared for school so they are not late:

  • Ensure your child gets to bed early and you set an alarm to ensure they are up on time in the morning.
  • Get their uniforms and lunch box ready the night before.
  • Make sure you leave the house in plenty of time in case of transport issues and put your car keys where you can find them the night before.

Please also ensure you pick your children up promptly at 3.15pm. It can be very distressing for children when they are waiting in school to be collected.

A Massive Thank You to Mr Donald Bates

Miss Evans and all the Highfield staff would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Donald Bates and his partner for taking the time to share his mother's attendance medals with us which she received when she attended Highfield school from 1901 to 1908.

It was wonderful to see what kind of incentives they had for attendance over a hundred years ago! She certainly must have been proud of them to keep them in such wonderful condition for such a long time. Let's hope our children who attend now will be just as proud.

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Spotlight

Dear Parent,

Prince Albert Community Trust are working in partnership with parents to improve school attendance. We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly.

Our aim is to give your children the best start possible in life and therefore, regular school attendance is necessary for us to provide this.

As you may be aware, it is a legal requirement for all children of compulsory school age to attend school on a regular basis. Research has shown that children’s academic and social progress may be affected if children do not attend school regularly.

Attached is a letter produced by the local authority outlining the Spotlight and Leave in Term Time Campaigns that we are adopting at Highfield J.I. School starting 26th September 2016. Please take time to read this very important information so you are up to date with our new attendance and leave in term time procedures.

We look forward to working with you to improve your children’s futures.

Yours sincerely,

Mr S. Gulzar (CEO)
Executive Head Teacher

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