We believe that we can improve the life chances of all pupils by ensuring that all staff, pupils and parent/carers are aware of the importance of and take responsibility for regular attendance.
For full details on our Attendance Policy please click below:
At Fulbrook we believe that it is important to provide an environment in which:
Pupils are supported in their learning in order that they can attain at the
highest possible level.
Everyone is valued, praised and rewarded.
Positive relationships are promoted.
Everyone has the right to feel safe.
The curriculum will be designed to reflect the interests and needs of the
pupils ensuring engagement and enjoyment in their learning.
There is an expectation that good attendance is the key to success.
The monitoring and evaluating of individual attendance patterns supports
the learning of individuals.
We believe that pupils will want to attend regularly if they are in an environment
which is caring and supportive and which promotes respect for all. Learning
opportunities are varied and focused on individual needs of the pupil.
Responsibilities for Pupils
It is expected that they will:
Attend school each day.
Arrive at school and lessons on time and remain in their learning environment.
Responsibilities for Parents/Carers
It is their responsibility to:
Ensure that their child attends school regularly, properly equipped and in a
fit condition to learn.
Inform the school, giving the reason for absence. Failure to do so may
result in the absence being coded ‘unauthorised’. The responsibility for
authorising the absence lies with the school and not the parent/carer.
Heads of Year /Tutors
Are responsible for:
Inviting parents into school to discuss problems with attendance.
Liaise with Attendance Officer re identified issues to ensure a collaborative
It is their responsibility to:
Analyse data regularly to identify issues for Senior Management
Contact parents/carers in the event of a pupil absence.
Print off tutor group attendance register, school attendance register
Sending concern, percentage, absence and praise letters to parent/carers.
Work with tutors /Head of Year in the monitoring and early identification of
Registration and Lateness
The register is a legal document.
Morning registration takes place at 8.40.am and the register remains open until 8.55.am
Pupils arriving to school during this time are marked as ‘late’ and must sign the late book in the school entrance hall.
Any arrival to school after 8.40am, will be marked as ‘unauthorised late’ and pupils are expected to make up the time at lunchtime.
The afternoon registration takes place at 13.05pm and the
register closes at 13.15pm.
Procedures for non-attendance
The school operates a first day response. If a pupil is absent and the
school has not been contacted by the parents then the school office will
contact parents as soon as possible during the morning.
Authorised absences are morning or afternoons away from school for a good
reason e.g. illness, medical appointment or another unavoidable cause. Absence
can only be authorised by the Headteacher not by the Parent/Carer.
Unauthorised absences are those that the school does NOT consider reasonable
and for which no ‘leave’ has been given e.g.
Looking after younger siblings, assisting parents
Absences that are not explained
Arriving at school after the register has closed with no valid reason
Holidays that do not meet the criteria of the DfE Guidelines & School’s
own policy on Leave during term time.
Holidays in Term time
Leave from School for the purposes of a family holiday is not a parental right.
Government Guidance advises that schools should only grant leave of absence
during term time if the school considers that leave of absence should be granted
due to exceptional circumstances.
The Government describes exceptional circumstances such as:
For service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking
holidays outside term time
When a family needs to spend time together to support each other during
or after a crisis.
This means that Fulbrook will not authorise holiday leave for the following
Availability of cheap holidays
Availability of desired accommodation
Poor weather experienced during school holiday period
Overlap with the beginning and end of terms
If you apply for holiday during term time the application request should be
submitted well in advance. If there is a special reason why you feel you need to
take your child out of school a letter explaining should be sent to the
Headteacher together with an absence request form.