Notifying Oakbank of any absence
All pupils are electronically registered in the morning during Period 1 and at afternoon registration. If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please follow the guidelines below:
On the first day of absence please contact the school by telephone or email before 8.30am.
Tel: 0118 988 3616 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please notify the school every day that your child is absent.
A medical note will be required for any absence of 3 days or more.
Rewards for good attendance
· Secure learning in order to maximise pupil progress
· Strong peer relationships
· Less ‘catch up’ work
· Attendance cup awarded weekly to Tutor group with the highest attendance
· Certificates for 100% attendance awarded at the end of each term
· School trip for those with 98% or above
· Prizes awarded by raffle for excellent attendance
Leave of absence during term time
· Please be advised that the Department for Education has advised schools to only authorize leave of absence in exceptional circumstances hence school will not approve any absence in term time, except in such circumstances. A leave of absence form must be completed. and made to Mrs. Segrove at least 14 days before the date you wish to remove your child from school. This form can be requested from reception
· Please be aware that if holidays are taken without approval, this information will be passed to our Education Welfare Officer and a Penalty Notice may be issued without further warning. More details can be found at www.wokingham.gov.uk/penaltynotices
Attendance and performance
An attendance level of below 90% is described by Ofsted as ‘persistent absence’ and will have a significant effect on a child’s education. Persistent absence is a serious problem for pupils. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these pupils at a considerable disadvantage for the remainder of their school career. There is also clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement:
• Of pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school, only three per cent manage to achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.
• Of pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.
• Of pupils who miss less than five per cent of school, 73 per cent achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.
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Attendance and performance at a glance
· National statistics show that pupil attendance can dip when they enter secondary education. At primary school attendance is often over 97%. At secondary school level the trend is for attendance to run between 93% and 94%. This change in the attendance trend creates a learning gap. At Oakbank we are committed to achieve 96% and above to promote pupil achievement.
· We understand that pupils can be unwell and are not able to attend school. A 96% attendance takes this into consideration. Poor attendance can result in fixed term penalties for each parent or court summons in high level cases
With your support we hope to be able to report a school attendance figure of 96% for the end of this academic year.