Due to national and local legislation, we are now unable to authorise any absence due to holiday during term time. Please read the following from South West and Mid Wales Consortium:
The six directors within the South West and Mid Wales Education Consortium have already taken the decision that all absences caused due to pupils being taken on holiday during term time should be deemed to be unauthorised.
The link between good attendance and high standards is a very strong one and as such the Directors are eager to encourage high attendance rates and to discourage holidays being taken during term time. Therefore the decision has been taken that all absences due to holidays should not be authorised by any Head Teachers within the six Local Authorities in the South West and Mid Wales consortium.
Eifion Evans – Lead Director, South West and Mid Wales Consortium
Attendance and Punctuality
We all know that there is a strong link between a child’s progress, their attendance and punctuality.
Our minimum target is 95.0 %.
Aspirational Target is 95.5%
In 2012/13 we achieved 93.8% and in 2013/14 we achieved 94.6%
Thank you to all the parents who understand the impact that attendance has on their child’s performance. Here are some of the initiatives that the school uses to promote and reward good attendance.
Holidays recorded as unauthorised
To support our drive to increase pupil attendance, a decision has been taken by ERW (Education through regional working), our regional education consortium, that no absences due to holidays during term times will be authorised by Headteachers.
This means absences due to pupils being taken on holiday during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.
We hope that you can support this policy change and arrange your holidays around the existing 175 days the schools are closed through weekends and school holidays, and help us to support your child to achieve their potential.
“Dream, believe and Achieve Together”
The Welsh Government (WG) Education (Penalty Notice)(Wales) Regulations 2013 states that Local Authorities (LA’s) are required by law to adhere to the Education Act 1996 section 444 to include penalty notices as one of the interventions to promote better school attendance.
Sections 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996 provide that certain cases of unauthorised absences can be dealt with by way of a penalty notice. A penalty notice is a fine of up to £120 and may be issued to a parent / carer as a result of a child’s regular non-attendance at school / educational provision.
The school adheres to the code of conduct for penalty notices as issued by ERW and agreed by your Local Authority, and therefore may request the local authority to issue a penalty notice in certain cases.
Marcus the Making a Difference Bear
Marcus started life as our Attendance Bear, Master Marcus Present, but quickly became much loved by all the school and the children felt that Marcus helped them to recognised their responsibility in attendance, as a result he was renamed …..and is very proud to be our school mascot …. Marcus, the Making a Difference Bear.
Weekly Awards Assembly
Weekly Class Attendance Winners announced and Marcus spends the week in their class.
Termly Class ‘Attendance Race’ leaders announced and displayed on weekly newsletter
End of Term Assembly
All Pupils with 100% Attendance for that Term receive a ‘Outstanding Attendance’ certificate and token prize
All pupils between 97% and 99.9% Attendance for that term receive an ‘amazing attendance’ certificate
All pupils between 95% and 97% Attendance for that term receive an ‘great attendance’ certificate
All pupils in class that wins ‘Termly Attendance Race’ will receive a prize of either a wristband or pen and pencil attendance set.
Bronze certificate – to all pupils with 100% in one term
Silver certificate – to all pupils with 100% for two terms
Gold Certificate – to all pupils who have had 100% for three terms also get a voucher for £5.00.
Table of impact!
Impact on Learning
Impact on Learner
95% – 100%
Best chance of success
Your child is taking full advantage of every learning opportunity
90% – 95%
At least 2 weeks of learning missed
Your child will have to spend time at home catching up on missed learning.
85% – 90%
At least 4 weeks of learning missed
Your child is at risk of under achieving and will need extra support from you to catch up on missed learning.
80% – 85%
At least 5 ½ weeks of learning missed.
Your child’s poor attendance is having a significant impact on learning.
At least 7 ½ weeks of learning missed.
Your child is missing out on a broad and balanced education. You are at risk of prosecution.