Attendance Information

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Just like you, we want the best for all our GRPS children. We want them all to achieve, to have  the best opportunities and to succeed. One of the many ways we can help them is by asking them to be a GRPS HERO! 

We run several incentives in school to promote good attendance including the ‘Glaggo Gifts’ shop. By being in school and contributing to their class attendance your child is helping the class earn virtual money which they can spend on a ‘gift’ of their choosing. These range from an extra playtime, a casual day or the top prize of story time with Mr Johnson himself! 

If school becomes aware that your child’s attendance is becoming a cause for concern Mrs Moreno (Attendance Officer) or Mr Philps (Attendance Learning Mentor) will make contact with you. They will work with you and your child to identify barriers and implement strategies to improve attendance. You are more than welcome to contact Mrs Moreno or Mr Philps if you are concerned about your child’s attendance, for example if they become reluctant to come to school or it is becoming a regular occurrence that they are claiming illness one moment then eating sweets on the sofa watching TV the next (they forget we were all children once!). If we don’t know about it we can’t help. 

 

How to report your child’s absence 

If your child is going to be absent from school you must inform us no later than 9.00am on the first day of absence. We have several ways available for you to report your child’s absence: 

Call  :   01723 372566 ~ Option 2 and leave a voice mail 

Text  : 00447520 634751 with name, class and reason 

Email : attendance@gladstone.n-yorks.sch.uk 

Note :  A note in advance to the Attendance Officer 

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Frequently Asked Questions 


What counts as an authorised absence?
 

The ‘Official’ answer… 

Authorised absence may include illness or days of religious observance.

 

The GRPS view…  

Authorised absences do NOT include  

  • minding the house
  • looking after siblings or parents
  • going shopping
  • celebrating a birthday
  • oversleeping
  • arriving late for school
  • going on a day trip without the school’s permission

 

My child attends school most of the time, what difference does the odd day or two here or there make?  

The ‘Official’ answer…  

  • By law, children of compulsory school age registered at a school must attend daily
  • County Councils can issue fines to parents & carers whose children do not attend regularly.

 

The GRPS view… 

  • Because their teacher & friends miss them!
  • The teacher could be introducing a new topic that day so they will miss important input and be behind when they return
  • They may miss out on an exciting time or new game invited in the playground that all their friends have enjoyed that day
  • The ‘odd day or two’ can add up. There are only 190 school days a year. Missing just 8 of these days mean they will not be able to achieve the minimum school target of 96% by the end of the year!

 

We are only late by 5-10 minutes every morning, why does school worry about this when the other children are still only just taking their coats off?  

The ‘Official’ answer… 

  • Parents & Carers have a responsibility to ensure their children are in school on time everyday ready to learn.
  • Poor punctuality can lead to the morning session being marked as an unauthorised absence which could result in a fine being issued by the a County Council.
  • The start times for each year group are the times lessons begin – not the time the children come into school

 

The GRPS view… 

  • First things first! The dinner register is taken promptly at the start of the day!
  • The rest of the class are already coats off and at their desk ready to start the lesson at the school start time.
  • First thing in the morning is a vital time for input from the teacher about that day – the children don’t like missing out on this.
  • No one likes walking into a classroom late!

 

My child is meeting all their targets in school so why does it matter if I take them out of school for a holiday? 

The ‘Official’ answer… 

  • Holidays in term time are not a parental right and there are 13 weeks of the year when school is closed that holidays could be taken.
  • Parents who remove their children from school during term time for unauthorised absences may be issued with a fine from the County Council

 

The GRPS view…

  • Absences from school are more than just missing school work. Your child might not only miss out on important input from their teacher, but their friendship circles, confidence & behaviour may all be impacted by their absence.
  • A week or two away from school may not seem that long to you but to the children it can seem an age an to be away from their friends and school family. It can be difficult to settle back in after an holiday