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Attendance

Every Day Counts: Promoting Attendance Excellence at Oxbridge Lane!

At Oxbridge Lane, we understand that regular attendance is crucial for academic success and personal growth. We're committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn and thrive in a supportive environment.

Our dedicated Early Help and Attendance team works closely with families to address any barriers to attendance and provide the necessary support. Through regular communication, incentives, and engaging activities, we encourage students to attend school every day, ready to learn and participate.

We believe that every absence matters, and each day in school is an opportunity for growth and achievement. Together, we strive to foster a culture of attendance excellence, where every student feels valued, supported, and motivated to reach their full potential.

 

Types of absences

 

Every half-day absence from school, by law, has to be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of absence is always asked for.

Authorised Absences

These are mornings or afternoons away from school for a valid reason such as illness, emergency medical or dental appointments (routine appointments should always be made out of school hours) and emergencies.

Unauthorised Absences

An absence is classified as unauthorised if the reason was not recognised as acceptable. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as to what is acceptable and what is not.

Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:

  • A birthday

  • A shopping trip

  • Day trips

  • Holidays – unless have been agreed as exceptional circumstance

 


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How to report an absence: 

 

Please contact the school office on the first morning of your child's absence to inform us of the absence and provide a reason for this. Messages can be left on the school answering machine. 

However, if a child is absent for more than three school days, and parents have not contacted school, our school attendance officer will contact parents to discover the cause of the absence. If we are unable to contact a family, a letter will be sent out requesting information about the absence. 

 

Punctuality

Poor punctuality can lead to your child…

  • Feeling embarrassed in front of their friends

  • Missing the beginning of vital lessons making them fall behind

  • Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day

  • Learning bad habits which could affect their employability in the future

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Hello, I'm Mrs Godfrey. My role at Oxbridge Lane Primary School is Parent Support Advisor with a focus on improving attendance.

 

I'm here to support the families of our wonderful children who attend Oxbridge Lane Primary School. I encourage our pupils to maintain good school attendance with the support of their families. When good attendance is consistent throughout your child's learning journey this gives them the greatest opportunities to achieve their personal best now and in the future.

 

I work alongside Mrs Butler - an Early Help Advisor and together we are available to provide support and guidance in all aspects relating to school and family life. If you have any questions about attendance or feel you would like to pop in for a chat to discuss support options please feel welcome to contact me via the main school office

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