Heamoor Community Primary School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential. The school strives to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure.
We are proud of our attendance record which is generally good. Our attendance rate for 09/10 was 94.1%, a decrease on the previous year’s rate which was 95.2%. We did not meet our LA absence target rate of 5.2%. This drop from average attendance to borderline low attendance, based on Ofsted gradings, has resulted in a 2010-11 SIP action plan to review & overhaul our attendance tracking procedures.
We actively work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually. We establish and maintain a high profile for attendance and punctuality through our weekly Attendance Cup, fortnightly newsletters, half-termly certificates & pupil attendance rates on our EOY pupil reports.
PLEASE NOTE: We apply the Whole School Attendance Policy consistently. Authorised leave for holidays is at the discretion of the Headteacher and is not an entitlement. Parents should make every effort to take leave during school holidays. The school cannot legally approve more than 10 days’ holiday in an academic year unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents/carers requesting holiday/leave in term time are asked to submit a written request for pupil leave directly to the headteacher. Leave can only be authorised if the request is made before the leave takes place and the pupil had an attendance level of at least 95% (KS2) / 90% (KS1) during the previous academic year unless there are exceptional circumstances
We monitor & evaluate attendance, using Ofsted’s gradings on a regular basis on a whole-school, cohort, group & individual level. We are grateful to our supportive parents and carers who work with us to promote and encourage good attendance by their children. However there will be occasions when the school may be required to contact parents if their child’s attendance is 85% or below within any term and/or if a child had more than one-third broken weeks within any term. We recognize that low pupil attendance can be due to a variety of factors & we are always happy to work with parents to help improve pupil attendance and remove any obstacle to pupil learning & progress.
The named Attendance Lead for our school is Helen Giblett, Headteacher.