Here at Ocker Hill Infant and Nursery School, we believe that good attendance improves a child's holistic learning journey and also enables them to reach their fullest ultimate potential. The school's, and current Government target, specify that attendance should be at least 96% for the academic year and does allow for genuine illnesses.
As part of the Tipton Learning Community Ocker Hill follows standardised processes and policies that have been designed to support parents to improve attendance and thereby raise attainment.
New government legislation from September 2013 means that NO HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME WILL BE AUTHORISED. What this means for you is that; should you choose to take your child on holiday during term time you could be liable to a Fixed Penalty fine of £60 per parent, per child. The school discourages taking time off as holidays in term time as it can have an extremely detrimental effect on your child's education, their absence record and the absence record of the school. As a school for 2016; we continue to follow this Government procedure as mentioned above.
Attendance at school is very important no matter how old your child is. Your child's expected level of attendance is at least 96.5%. We pride ourselves on consistently striving for a high level of pupil attendance and this emphasis needs constant reinforcement and support from parents and carers. New Government legislation now means that if a child has attendance of below 90% this is now classed as persistence absence. We are always truly grateful for the co-operation of parents and carers who are asked to adopt the following procedures:
Please telephone the school on the first day of absence (giving details of the reason for absence and likelihood of the day your child will return to school). A subsequent phonecall should be made if the absence continues beyond 2 days and it is important you keep the school informed throughout. If a telephone or face to face contact cannot be made with you, please ensure you send a note with your child when they return.
If you child's attendance drops below 95% you will be contacted by Mrs Penn, the school's Attendance administrator to see if we can help you to improve your child's attendance. She will also discuss lateness with parents.
Please; remember do not keep your child from school:
Because you got up late
Because they have headlice
Because they have a medical appointment in the morning and you think its not worth coming back for the afternoon or they have a medical appointment in the afternoon and you don't think its worth bringing them in the morning.
The school does work in conjunction with the Attendance Officer to actively monitor the attendance and you will be notified immediately if we have any concerns with the attendance of your child then; we may request a meeting, in the presence of the Officer, to discuss a plan of action to address poor attendance.
If you need to speak to the school's Senior Attendance Improvement Officer, Mrs Dawn Thompson please contact her office and she will get in touch with you as soon as she can. Her office telephone number is
* Dont let your education slip away; Come to school every day!!
Click on the link below to find out about attendance and what school expects of you as a parent to ensure your child has good attendance and punctuality.