At Ferndale, we expect children’s attendance to be 95% or above. To promote this, we reward children who achieve 100% attendance.
Ferndale’s School Performance Table
Safety at Ferndale Primary School
All Ferndale gates will be open at 08:30 and close at 09:00
No admittance will be allowed between 11:45 and 13:30.
All Ferndale gates will reopen at 15:15.
Gorse Farm Rd Gate will be the exception re opening at 11:45 for nursery am collection and then again at 12:30 for afternoon nursery session drop off.
Mornings at Ferndale Primary School
Ferndale class and building doors will open on the first bell at 8:40 and children will need to be in classes by 08: 50.
If a child enters the school gate and is signed in by a parent/carer between 08:50 and 09:00 a child will receive an authorised late mark L in the register.
If a child enters the school gate any time after 9am the child will receive an authorised late mark U code as the registers will have been closed.
Illness at Ferndale
We understand that from time to time we all become ill. If your child is not well enough to come into school then you must contact every day a child is absent from school.
You can contact us via
– a dedicated text messaging service that will allow you to inform us of your child’s absence from your mobile phone. There is also the function of sending a What’s App message if you have WiFi or data. Please send the following details:
Your child’s full name
Your child’s class or class teacher
The reason for absence – please let us know the nature of any illness in as much detail as possible. A simple ‘unwell’ will require us asking for further information.
The phone number to text is: 07749889874
Please note: this is an in- coming number only, we cannot respond to texts via this number and any calls will not be answered. This number can only be used for leaving messages about absence, all other queries and communications must go through the usual channels.
– a phone call, leave a voice message on the answering machine. The absence line can be accessed by calling the school phone number and pressing 1 for the school and then 1 to leave an absence notification.
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by visiting the office and telling us on the day – as long as we know by 9am, the choice is yours.
We hope that this will enable all parents to inform us more easily of any illness and other absences each day by 9am. We do have to account for each child every day, even if it is for the same illness. By letting school know as soon as you can of an absence, you will avoid someone from school calling, texting, emailing or even visiting your home for a reason. The code given to your child for their absence is also affected; if we do not have a valid reason for their absence an unauthorised absence will be logged. Unauthorised absence is closely monitored and ongoing issues can result in a referral to education welfare if a child’s attendance falls below 90%.
We would also like to mention here that if we felt a child was too ill to be in school we would contact a Parent/Carer immediately to inform and ask to collect.
We will need to see all appointment letters and reminder texts re medical appointments in order for us to authorise the child’s absence for the appointment. Hard copies can be given to a member of staff to be scanned/photocopied, electronic evidence can be forwarded or shown to a member of staff. If evidence is not seen then we will be unable to authorise the absence from school.
Regular dental and optician check-ups must be completed outside of school hours.
Ferndale’s absence procedure
If we have not heard from a Parent/ Carer as to why a child is not in school by 9am our First day calling system is activated.
Step 1 a member of staff will contact any phone number attached to the child on the system.
Step 2 if no one answers a text to any number attached to the child on the system will be sent.
Step 3 if by 10:30 the child is not in school and we have not received any communication from Parent/Carer then a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team will complete a home visit. This cycle will continue and if contact is not made we may deem it necessary to contact the Police.
Leave of absence
Since September 2013 Headteachers are no longer allowed to Authorise any ‘Leave of Absence’ (sometimes previously known as ‘term time holiday’) unless a parent/carer makes an application, in advance, detailing the ‘exceptional circumstances’ they would want the Headteacher to consider.
Under the Education (Pupil Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 absence may not be authorised unless:
- An application has been made in advance to the proprietor (Head teacher) by a
parent with whom the pupil normally resides; and
- The proprietor (Headteacher), or a person authorised by the proprietor, considers that leave of absence should be granted due to the exceptional circumstances relating to that application.
Parents/Carers can be issued with Penalty Notices should their child take any Leave of Absence if they have not requested this, in writing, to the Head teacher (and/or completed a Leave of Absence Application) detailing the ‘exceptional circumstances’ they would want the Headteacher to take into consideration in deciding if any Leave of Absence can be agreed and authorised.
Parent/Carers can be issued with Penalty Notices should any Leave of Absence be taken without any Application/Request being made.
Parents/Carers should ensure that any Request/Application is made in advance 6 weeks of any Leave of Absence to be taken.
Parents/Carers should consider ensuring that they know if any Leave of Absence requested can be authorised by the Head teacher before planning, booking or paying for any part of a Leave of Absence. Legislation dictates that a Leave of Absence Requests/Application can only be considered if it is from a Parent/Carer with whom the pupil normally lives. Leave of Absence Requests/Applications from a Parent/Carer that a pupil does not normally live with or from any other family member cannot be considered under any circumstances.
We will be starting a new attendance reward system in September
If you have 100% attendance in 1 term you will become a BRONZE Attender
If you gain 100% attendance over 2 terms you become a silver attender
If you achieve 100% attendance over 3 terms ( a whole school year) you become a gold
Prizes will include Pool Parties, Discos, Imagination studio film screenings, McDonalds or being able to dress in your own clothes for the day.
All pupils’ Attendance is monitored and reviewed on at least a weekly basis, but in some cases there may be a need or requirement for more frequent monitoring.
Below are some triggers that will require further investigation and communications with parents/carers and Referral and involvement with other external Services.
- Absence on more than 3 occasions without a parent/carer contacting the school BEFORE 9.10am the school will write to you to remind you of our expectations.
- Pupil Attendance below 96% (Expected Minimum Attendance)
If at any time your child’s actual Attendance falls below 96% (the absence might be Authorised, Unauthorised or a combination of both) school will write to you to ask you to improve it.
- Pupil Attendance below 96%
with no improvement after action above, school will meet with you to discuss this.
- Pupil Attendance below 93%
If at any time your child’s actual Attendance falls below 93% (the absence might be Authorised, Unauthorised or a combination of both) school will meet with you to agree a parent contract .
- Pupil Attendance below 90% (Persistent Absence)
If at any time your child’s actual Attendance falls below 90% (the absence might be Authorised, Unauthorised or a combination of both) school will inform the education welfare officer.
Any 10 half day sessions of Unauthorised Absence (including Unauthorised
lateness) will result in a referral to Education Welfare Investigation Service for issue of Warning Notice
Any further 10 half days of Unauthorised Absence (including Unauthorised lateness) will result in a referral to Education Service for issue of Penalty Notice (A fine of up to £120
per parent/carer per child, non-payment results in Magistrates Court with a fine of up to £1,000 plus costs)
Any further Unauthorised Absence (including Unauthorised lateness) will result in a referral to Education Investigation Service for possible Magistrates Court. (A fine of up to £2,500 and/or 3 months imprisonment plus costs)
This week’s best attendance
“I’m the ‘Rain or shine bear’, please make sure you come to school , whether it’s pouring down with rain or a lovely sunny day.”