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Attendance @ FCJA

Make Every Minute Count

Attending school every day = 100% attendance 

Attending 4.5 days a week=90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year.

Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed over year or 2 full years missed over the course of their school career.

Being late for school reduces learning time.

If your child is late 5 minutes every day they will miss three days learning a year.

If your child is late 15 minutes every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning a year.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council (Information for Parents and Carers)

At FCJA we monitor attendance weekly and offer support to families to ensure all children receive the education which they are entitled to. This may be by a telephone call from one of our Tree House Team, our school office or by coming in for a chat. 

Parents are updated regularly on their child's attendance during our parents' meetings and children are awarded with certificates regarding their attendance and time keeping.

 

How can we help?

If your child is ill, we ask that you contact the school office on 01452 720066 at your earliest convenience to let us know. 

If we do not hear from you, a member of our office staff will make contact, firstly, to ensure you know that the child is absent from school and secondly to find out why. 

As a school, we have been set an attendance target of 97%. We monitor every students record weekly and will make contact with families if we have any concerns. 

Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Clare, or Mrs Morris/Mr Street may telephone you, arrange a home visit or invite families in for a chat to see if there is anything we can do to support everyone involved to ensure the child has access to and receives the education which they are entitled to.

 

Requesting a Leave of Absence

We understand that exceptional circumstances may arise which could mean that a child will need to miss a day of school. The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short. And by 'unavoidable' we mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time. 

Please download our Leave of Absence Request form below and read the accompanying extract on Holiday Absence from our attendance policy before completing. 

Once you have completed the form, please return it to the school office. You will then receive notification whether the absence has been authorised or not via a letter from our Chair of Governors.