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Attendance

As a school and Trust we understand that it can be worrying hearing about the Coronavirus and its potential impact. The School and Trust take the health of all the children  very seriously and follow the health advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England. At the moment there is no need to keep children off school or not allow children to go on educational visits. The school is actively promoting handwashing and encouraging the use of sanitisers where soap is not available (e.g. tube etc).

Should you have concerns regarding your child you should contact 111 for advice and following this inform the school in writing of their advice if it is to self isolate and confirm the date when this will end and the child will return. This is the same advice as provided to staff and is in line with recommendations from health and education professionals. We will keep you updated if there is a change in the advice given to school by the Department for Education. Until then the school will operate as normal. If you have any further concerns, we would suggest contacting your GP for additional advice.

Where are you on the Gainsborough Attendance Traffic Lights?

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Green – 98% and above
Great work.  Excellent, 
Keep it up!

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Amber – 95.1% – 97.9%
Almost where you need to be.
Some improvement needed.

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Red – Below 95%
Serious Cause for Concern
You are in the DANGER Zone

Why is regular school attendance so important?

Letting us Know

If your child is absent from school please ring the Office on 0207 476 3533 before 9:15am to let us know.

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Timekeeping

Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important consolidation work as well as the start of the lesson. Can we also remind parents and carers that the school gates are open from 8:40am. School starts at 8.50am, children arriving after this time will be marked as late.  The school day finishes at 3:15pm. Please ensure your child is collected promptly.

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Attendance Management

At Gainsborough Primary School we like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Every week the class with the best attendance wins the Attendance Cup. 
 
Attendance is also celebrated half termly, individual children are awarded certificates and badges in recognition of their achievement of 100% attendance.  Additionally, at the end of each term. Children who have achieved 100% for the entire term are recognised during a special assembly and are awarded a certificate, sticker and a special wristband (blue for 1 term, silver for 2 consecutive terms).
  
Individual children who achieve 100% attendance for the entire school year are presented with a certificate, sticker, gold wristband and their names are added to our ‘Wall of Fame’ which is displayed in school and on the website.  These children are also rewarded with a special prize.  Children who achieved 100% attendance during the school year 2017 / 2018 were treated to a day out to watch a movie at Vue Cinema at Westfield, Stratford.
 
Attendance is monitored and reviewed on a weekly basis.  If your child has unauthorised absences and their attendance falls below our school’s expectation of (above) 96%, a warning letter will be issued; we may also invite parents / carers into school to discuss how we can work together to improve attendance.  If we have serious concerns regarding unauthorised absences we may request extra support and make a referral to Newham’s Attendance Management Service.

Holidays in Term Time

Holidays within term time will not be authorised and you will be liable for a Penalty Notice Charge. This is a Government expectation as well as a Newham and School one.