Attendance

At Luton Infant and Nursery School, we are committed to maintaining a high level of school attendance and we will work with parents or carers to ensure this. As a parent/carer you have a statutory duty to ensure that your child attends school regularly. In cases of absence then you must keep the school informed about the reason for this. Please telephone the school office on the first morning of your child's absence and send them into school with a follow-up letter upon their return.  If at any time your child is suffering from a contagious complaint please keep them off school until they are no longer contagious.  We ask that if a child has been vomiting or has diarrhoea that they be kept off until they have been clear for 24 hours.  Please keep us up to date with your child's illness.

We would ask that you avoid making medical or dental appointments during the school day unless it is an emergency.  If you have a hospital appointment for your child during school time, please notify the school office in advance. Evidence of the appointment should be provided to the school office so that the absence can be recorded as authorised.

 

Leave of absence

In accordance with Government regulations, the school is unable to authorise any holidays during term time unless they are for exceptional circumstances.  If an unauthorised holiday is taken, the matter will be passed to the Attendance Advisory Service for consideration for a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issue.

 

Your Child’s Attendance Matters!

97% +     

Excellent attendance! Keep up the good work.

95% - 97%           

Good attendance     

93% - 95%                  

Attendance beginning to cause concern

86%- 93%                           

Very worrying and less chance of success

85% and below – persistent absence

Serious attendance concerns

 

Did You Know?

  • Being 5 minutes late to school each day means that your child loses 3 1/2 days of learning over the course of a school year!
  • Late marks count as unauthorised absence on your child's registration certificate.
  • Being absent from school for 10 days will make your child's attendance drop below the government target of 96%.
  • Being absent from school for 5 days is enough for the school to begin the process of issuing a Penalty Notice Fine. These can be up to £60 per parent!

Luton Infant and Nursery School is keen to support all its children to achieve their very best. We will be taking a firm but fair line on ensuring good school attendance this year. Attendance will be monitored daily and letters will be sent out to parents regularly to inform them of their child's current "percentage attendance".

If children’s attendance begins to fall below that expected then parents may be invited to meet with the home school support worker, the head teacher or the deputy head teacher to discuss ways to improve school attendance. The Local Authorities Attendance Advisory Practitioner may also request to meet with you.

We will promote and respond positively to improving attendance through things like certificates and stickers issued at celebration assemblies. We will recognise improvements and ongoing good attendance!

 REMEMBER:

THE SCHOOL DOORS OPEN AT 8.40am AND REGISTERS ARE TAKEN AT 8.55am FOR YEARS R, 1 AND 2.

SCHOOL FINISHES AT 3.00PM FOR YEARS 1 AND 2 AND FOR YEAR R CHILDREN WE OFFER A STAGGERED COLLECTION TIME BETWEEN 3PM AND 3.10PM.

Nursery -  morning sessions: 8.40am – 11.40am. Afternoon sessions: 12.30pm-3.30pm.

We look forward to working with you!