Promoting Good Attendance

We are passionate about pupils achieving their full potential.

Attendance Target

Here at Tinsley Meadows we expect parents to ensure that their children attend school every day.  We understand that childhood illness sometimes means an absence is neccessary but we strongly urge parents to keep their child’s attendance above the

National Attendance Target

We expect parents to call the office (0114 244 1842) and let us know why your child is absent.  Our Safeguarding and Pastoral Team may contact you to discuss the reasons for your child’s absence and will follow up with a home visit if they are unable to contact you.

Help with getting your child into school

If you’re having trouble getting your child to go to school, the school can help.  We will discuss attendance problems with you and agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.

If you would like us to help, contact our Safeguarding and Pastoral Team.

Attendance Matters

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days, negatively affects children’s academic performance.

Regular absences from school can affect attainment levels – the quality of school work and the qualifications gained.

A consistent school routine is essential for success in Education.  Absences disrupt your child’s learning and that of the other pupils.

Children with persistently poor attendance are more likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour.

Good attendance promotes a child’s general well being and improves long term life opportunities.

Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by age 6.

When families improve their children’s attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects.

The Department for Education says:

“Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education. It is also vital that they encourage their child’s regular and punctual attendance at school. If a child is registered at a school then it is vital that they attend on a regular basis”

Arrive on Time

Children thrive with good, predictable daily routines.  Children should be in the playground ready to line up with their class at the correct time.  Families who regularly come late will be contacted by the school.

Term Time Leave

We encourage parents to take family holidays during the school holidays.  There are 175 non-school days when holiday can be taken.

If you have exceptional circumstances which mean you must take leave during term time, you will need to collect a form from the Headteacher and meet with a Senior Leader in the school to discuss your circumstances.

Term time leave is almost always not authorised.  Children should be in school every school day and unless there are very exceptional circumstances you will be asked to rearrange your plans or make alternative arangements so that children can stay in school.

If you do take unauthorised leave during term time you may receive a fine and you may lose your school place.

The Department for Education says:

“You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • they’re too ill to go in
  • you’ve got advance permission from the school”