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School Attendance

Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

The Government expects:

Schools and local authorities to:

Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;

Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and,

Act early to address patterns of absence.

Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.
All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.

Did you know?

Being 5 minutes late each day is the same as missing 3 whole days of school? Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two whole weeks at school?

How can you help your child?

Make sure they know that you think school is really important.
Help your child to organise their uniform, PE kit and book bag the night before school.
Agree a bed time with your child to make sure they get a good night’s sleep.
Organise any medical or dental appointments for after school or in the holidays.
Take family holidays during the school holiday period - we have 175 days of weekend and pupil holidays and just 190 days in school.

Contents of the Attendance Register
Schools must take the attendance register at the start of the first session of each school day and once during the second session. On each occasion they must record whether every pupil is:
Attending an approved educational activity;
Absent; or,
Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances.

The school should follow up any absences to:
Ascertain the reason;
Ensure the proper safeguarding action is taken;
Identify whether the absence is approved or not; and,
Identify the correct code to use before entering it on to the school’s electronic register, or management information system which is used to download data to the School Census.

Absence Advice

Holiday leave

Head teachers are not able to grant leave of absence for holidays unless in exceptional circumstances. The application must be made in advance using the parents request for leave of absence and the head teacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances which warrant the leave. Where a leave of absence is granted, the head teacher will determine the number of days a pupil can be away from school. A leave of absence is granted entirely at the head teacher’s discretion. The following documents are also useful, and can be viewed below;

School Attendance/Leave of Absence
Penalty Notices advice for Parents and carers

Please be aware that absence requests should be avoided in May due to SATs and assessments taking place in School. We also advise against requesting leave of absence at the start of the School year, as this is an important time for your child settling into their new class.

Illness (not medical or dental appointments)

We ask parents to notify the Office on the first day the child is unable to attend due to illness. This will then be recorded as an authorised absence due to illness in the register. If the authenticity of illness is in doubt, we may request parents to provide medical evidence to support illness. Medical evidence can take the form of prescriptions, appointment cards, etc. rather than doctors’ notes.
Please also note that if a child is absent from School due to sickness, we ask that the child stays away from School until they are 48 hours free from all sickness and/or diarrhoea symptoms.

Medical or dental appointments

Missing registration for a medical or dental appointment is counted as an authorised absence. However we encourage parents to make appointments out of school hours. Where this is not possible, the pupil should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.
If a pupil is going to be absent from School for more than half a day due to a medical appointment, School may request parents to provide medical evidence to support the appointment.

The full School Attendance
document details all Absence and Attendance codes used to complete your child’s attendance register in School.

Every School Day Counts...and every minute matters!

Important information relating to school attendance.

Penalty Notices Advice for Parents and Carers Sept 2013
parents request for absence letter
advice on school attendance

Letters to Parents

6 June 2013 Sun Awareness

5 June 2013 PA Raffle Tickets

3 June 2013 Staffing Update

20 May 2013 Measles Outbreaks

May 2013 Simmondley Signpost

Forms available for download

Parents’ request for absence letter - MS Word
Derbyshire County Council Penalty Notices Advice for Parents and Carers - MS Word
Parents’ request for absence letter - PDF
Derbyshire County Council Penalty Notices Advice for Parents and Carers - PDF

Leave of Absence Legislation

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amended) Regulations 2013. These amendments as described below came into force on 1 September 2013.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

The headteacher has the discretion to grant leave if he/she believes that there are exceptional circumstances. The dictionary definition of exceptional is ’unusual’ or ’rare’.
Circumstances that may not be considered exceptional are:

- Availability of cheap holidays and cheap travel arrangements.
- Days overlapping with the beginning or end of term.
- Birthday of pupil or family member.

(These examples are illustrative and not meant to be exhaustive)

Please note that leave of absence will not be permitted in May under any circumstances due to tests/assessments taking place in School.

If leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday is not granted and then taken, registration code G should be used which could result in a penalty notice being issued if requested by the headteacher.

Parents requesting leave of absence for exceptional circumstances must make the request in writing (a form is available on our Website or from the Office) at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The headteacher will then respond in writing to each parent with his/her decision as soon as is practicable. Leave of absence cannot be approved retrospectively.
Parents who remove their child from the school for the purpose of a family holiday without seeking prior approval can be issued with a penalty notice.

The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007

Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, came into force on 1 September 2013.

Amendments to 2007 regulations have reduced the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days, this is per parent per absent child.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools will be required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.

The Government will provide schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.

Key Facts

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

Total funding through the Premium will increase from £625m in 2011/12 to £1.25bn in 2012/13.

The level of the premium in 2011/12 was £488 per pupil for pupils eligible for FSM and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. It increased to £600 per pupil in 2012/13.

The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012/13 should be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.

At Simmondley Primary School:

- we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our children.

- we ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.

- in making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive FSM will be socially disadvantaged.

- we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

- the Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.


The range of provision the school funds with the Pupil Premium may include:

- providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.

- 1:1 support

- additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained Teaching Assistants or external agencies.

- much of our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

- pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve Level 3 at the end of Key Stage 1 or Level 5 at the end of Key Stage 2 through our "Able Children" programme.

- Pupil Premium resources will also be used to fund enrichment activities.

- supporting Year 6 pupils to make two levels progress.

The school will continue to publish and update information on how we have used our Pupil Premium Grant to "Narrow the Gap" for socially disadvantaged pupils.

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for Simmondley Primary School in 2011/12 was £13,000.

The PPG allocation for 2011/12 was targeted to:

- 1:1 tuition for Mathematics.

Planned spending priorities for 2012/13 include:

- 1:1 tuition in English and Mathematics.

- small group support for Maths and English.

- reading coaches in Key Stage 1

- the running of an enrichment group for more able pupils in Key Stage 2.

- Advanced Skills Teacher in-house support for teaching staff re effective assessment, marking and feedback.

- individual coaching and mentoring of teachers by Advanced Skills Teachers to improve the overall profile of teaching from "Good" to "Outstanding".

In adverse weather conditions, please check our website from 7.30 am and listen to High Peak Radio where there will be an announcement as to whether school is open or closed.

Please click on the link below to view the term dates for the academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

Term Dates

Please note that INSET days have not yet been set.

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the letter sent to parents and carers providing an update on our progress against Ofsted actions.

Letter to parents/carers re Ofsted progress

Safeguarding Reminder

Start of the school day

Class registers are taken at 9.00am every morning and the outside doors are closed at this time. Children arriving after this time will need to go to the main school entrance and be signed in at the school office.

Important news on attendance and term time holidays.

The government have introduced further stringent measures to combat poor attendance.

The Local Authority advice to parents about penalty notices makes clear that:

Parents must ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.

Failure to do so will amount to an offence in law, making them liable to a penalty notice or other statutory action, including prosecution.

The penalties for continued unauthorised absence can be severe.

The advice emphasises that it is vital for parents to contact the school if they have any concerns about their child’s attendance and that only the school can authorise absence or lateness.

The full guidance ’Penalty Notices - Advice for Parents and Carers’ can be requested from the school office.

For further information please click on the following link to the Directgov website.

Directgov - School attendance and absence: the law

Messages from the Office

Please note that the office is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm each day.

Please inform the office by phone/text or answer phone message if your child is unable to attend school through sickness by 9.30am.

Please pay for dinners, clubs and trips by cheque or exact money as no money is held in school and change cannot be given.

School Uniform

We request that children wear correct school uniform. This helps our pupils to have a school identity and encourages them to take pride in our school and in themselves.

Our uniform is:-

Grey or black skirt, pinafore, shorts or trousers.
Red and white dresses in summer (optional - checks/stripes).
White or red polo shirt or white shirt.
Red sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan also school red fleeces.
Sensible black shoes or plain black trainers.

To order school uniform please go to

Term Dates for the academic year 2012 - 2013

Inset Days
3 and 4 September 2012

3 September 2012 - 26 October 2012
5 November 2012 - 21 December 2012
7January 2013 - 15 February 2013
25 February 2013 - 28 March 2013
15 April 2013 - 24 May 2013
3 June 2013 - 23 July 2013

Bank Holidays
25 and 26 December 2012
1 January 2013
29 March 2013 (Good Friday)
1 April 2013 (Easter Monday)
6 May 2013 (May Day)
27 May 2013 (Spring Bank Holiday)

Further INSET days to be advised at a later date

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Our Awards

OFSTED Eco-Schools Bronze Award Science & Engineering Week Award Forest School Food Hygiene Rating 5 The University of Manchester

Our Aims

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Our Objectives

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