Attendance & absence
High attendance is vital if children are to make good progress and do their best at school. At Middleton, most children have attendance of at least 97% over the course of a year. As soon as attendance drops below 95% this raises concerns with us and we will monitor the situation; if the figure falls closer to 90% we will contact you to discuss reasons for low attendance and seek ways to improve this. This is likely to be initiated by Mrs Helena Harne, our Learning Mentor, as it is part of her role to monitor attendance. If children's attendance drops to 90% or below, they are deemed by the government to be 'persistent absentees' and clear actions need to be identified to avoid a continuation of such regular absence. Where there are persistent issues, we may have to refer the matter to School Health or Education Welfare for further action, which may include the issue of a Penalty Notice.
Please read our policy below for further information:
Dropping-off and collecting children
Parents/carers are asked to ensure that their children arrive punctually each morning, so they are lined up and ready to go into class by 8.45am. Regular lateness is highly disruptive to the start of the school day and impacts significantly on children's learning.
Children should be collected promptly at 3.30pm. If you are held up for any reason and know that you'll be late to collect, please call the School Office so a message can be relayed to the class staff. Your child will be supervised safely until you arrive. If a child has not been picked up and we have not received a message, we will call you to find out why. If we cannot get hold of you or any of your given other contacts, we may have to take your child to the YMCA Child Care in our Community Room if we can no longer supervise your child.
If for any reason your child is absent from school, you need to contact the School Office (via telephone or alternatively in person if you are dropping another child off at school) as soon as possible on the first morning of absence. In the interests of child safety, the office will send you a text message at around 10am if we have not ascertained the reason for absence by then.
Wherever possible, we would encourage you to avoid taking children out of school for routine dental or medical appointments that could be scheduled for after school hours or during holidays.
Holidays during term time
A school term and holiday calendar for the current and future years is available on the Term Dates tab under 'News & Events', to help you to plan ahead and avoid inadvertently booking holidays during term time. In line with national regulations, leave of absence cannot be granted during term time unless we consider that it is due to exceptional circumstances. If there is a situation in which you need to request absence, please contact the Head Teacher directly (either in person or via telephone/email). Any period of leave taken without consulting with us first will be deemed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions including a Penalty Notice.