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Attendance & Punctuality

KCS School expects excellent attendance from all our pupils. It is only by attending every day that a child can fully immerse themselves with school life and make the progress they are capable of.  

We consider a pupil with above 97% attendance to have outstanding attendance and a pupil with between 90% – 96.9% attendance to have good attendance. However a pupil with between 87% – 89% attendance requires improvement and pupils with less than 86.9% have inadequate attendance.

Knowsley Central School has a duty of care to each pupil. If a pupil’s attendance is a cause for concern the school will raise its concerns with appropriate professionals.

Please support our School in ensuring pupils attend at every opportunity by making medical and dental appointments etc. outside school hours or during holiday periods. If it is necessary for an appointment to be made during term time please make the appointment at the end of the day so the least amount of education is missed.

The government expects pupils to have 97% attendance and require the school to report every pupil with attendance that falls below 90% over a half term. 

 Pupil Absence
Parents and Carers are asked to contact the school office by telephone or Parent app as early as possible on the first day that a pupil is absent. If a pupil is absent and the school is unaware of the reason for the absence a member of the admin’ team will telephone the home. If they do not get a reply to their call they will leave a message on an answerphone if possible asking for you to ring school with a reason for the absence.
If a pupil is absent for more than three days without a reason being given a letter will be sent to ask why the pupil is absent and the school’s Educational Welfare Officer will be informed and may call to the home to find out why the pupil is absent.

Although parents and carers may have told the school the reason for their son/daughter’s absence it is up to the Head Teacher to authorise the absence, in other words, Mr McConnell has to agree that the reason for the absence was good enough to prevent a pupil from attending school.

If a pupil’s attendance is causing concern there are several things the school may do e.g. parents and carers may be invited to meet with school staff to discuss ways in which the school can support the pupil in improving his attendance. The Education Welfare Officer may arrange appointments to discuss attendance and a letter may be issued informing parent/carers that attendance must improve over a given period of time or court proceedings may be initiated and could result in a fixed penalty fine or more serious penalties if attendance does not improve.

As a School we will always work with parents to find ways to improve individual pupil attendance but will reluctantly support the prosecution of parents and carers for poor attendance if all other attempts to improve attendance have not worked.

It is important that the school office can contact parents and carers at all times so we ask all parents to keep in contact with the school, making sure they let the school office know if they change address or telephone number so the admin’ team can update their records.

Term Time Holidays
The Headteacher and Governors expect that family holidays will be taken during the holiday periods. We follow LEA policy and procedures for attendance and any holidays taken in term time will be unauthorised.

Support Offered
If your son/daughter is reluctant to attend school for any reason or you have any concerns regarding their attendance please contact the school office to discuss the issue with Mrs Toal, Head of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. If the school is unaware of issues that are having an impact on pupils wanting to attend school we are unable to offer support and work towards a resolution. Please help us help all our pupils achieve excellent attendance by sharing information and concerns with us.

If your son/ daughter misses the minibus provided by the School Transport Department it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure he/she attends school. A missed taxi is not a reason for a pupil to miss a whole day of education. 

If the Minibus provided by School Transport is late please contact the school office as soon as possible the earlier you contact the school office the quicker school staff can take prompt action to try and resolve the issue.

Please be aware that pupil punctuality is discussed with the school’s Education Welfare Officer. If a pupil is persistently late then the Education Welfare Officer or the Deputy Head will call to discuss ways in which punctuality can be improved. The school register closes at 9:00 am. If a pupil arrives after this time for any reason other than an issue with the minibus provided by the School Transport department they will be recorded as absent for the morning session.