Attendance

It is very important for all children to attend school
every day and to arrive on time before 8.50.am.
Children who arrive late miss instructions and
explanations and they disturb other pupils who
have settled to work. Likewise, it is essential that
your child is collected promptly at the end of each
day and that you
contact the school
if arrangements
change.
It is the parents’
responsibility to
ensure that their
child attends school
every day, unless he
or she is unwell. If
your child is unwell,
please contact the
school by 9.00.am
on their first day of
absence giving the
reason for absence,
then confirm this in
writing when the
child is well enough
to return to school.
(There is a 24 hours
answerphone in the
office), so you are able to call at anytime.
Authorisation for absence will not be given for
outings, shopping trips or family visits. Holidays
should be taken during the school breaks and not
during term time. In exceptional circumstances,
permission may be given by the Headteacher
for a maximum of five days during the
school year.
Requests for absence must be made
at least two weeks in advance of
bookings.
The school monitors each child’s
pattern of attendance and the
Education Welfare Officer will work
with families whose child’s
attendance or punctuality is not
acceptable.

Lovelace Primary School firmly believes that all pupils benefit from regular school attendance. Full and regular attendance at school is crucial for a child’s future life chances and establishes a positive work ethic early in life.

Unfortunately, a very small minority fail to ensure regular and punctual good attendance. Along with other sanctions detailed in our Attendance Policy (see link on left), from October 2017 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) may be used to ensure that regular attendance and punctuality is secured. Please see further information accessed from the bottom left of this page.

It is very important for all children to attend school every day and to arrive on time before 8.50.am. Children who arrive late miss instructions and explanations and they disturb other pupils who have settled to work. Likewise, it is essential that your child is collected promptly at the end of each day and that you contact the school if arrangements change. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child attends school every day, unless he or she is unwell.

 

Illness

If your child is unwell, please contact the school by 9.00.am on their first day of absence giving the reason for absence, then confirm this in writing when the child is well enough to return to school. (There is a 24 hours answerphone in the office), so you are able to call at anytime.

If a child becomes ill or injured during the day, the parents/carers will be contacted immediately and given the details. The parents will be expected to make arrangements for the child to be collected as soon as possible. As a result the school must have up to date telephone numbers and other relevant information in case of emergency.

 

Absence

Authorisation for absence will not be given for outings, shopping trips or family visits. Holidays should be taken during the school breaks and not during term time. In exceptional circumstances, permission may be given by the Headteacher for a maximum of five days during the school year. Requests for absence must be made at least one month in advance of bookings. The school monitors each child’s pattern of attendance and the Education Welfare Officer will work with families whose child’s attendance or punctuality is not acceptable. (Please note Leave of Absence form to the left).

 

Prescription Medicine at School

We prefer parents to administer medicine themselves if at all possible. However, our first aid / welfare staff are able to administer medicines in exceptional circumstances and do so on a voluntary basis according to a strict procedure and following the Royal Borough of Kingston’s Administration of Medicine Policy:

- We must see all prescribed medicines in the original container from the pharmacist that has the child’s name printed on it.

- The medicine must be brought into school by the child’s parent/carer ideally with the dose prepared e.g. in a syringe

- A signed permission form must be completed (See form on left)

- Where medicine is prescribed in three doses this can be administered just before school, at the end of school and before bedtime so no administration in school is required. For four doses, we can administer between 12 and 1pm only

The school may decline to administer medication without giving a reason particularly where parents refuse to abide by the conditions above.

We are unable to administer ‘over the counter medicines’ like Calpol or similar unless this is part of a child’s healthcare plan.

If your child has an ongoing medical need e.g. asthma / eczema, please make an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher via the school office.