2019 - 2020 Term Dates
Attendance Policy 2020
Parents Attendance Booklet
At St James we want to ensure our children are learning in the best way possible. Anything less than 100% attendance means that your child is missing out on their education. 90% attendance is the same as missing half a day each week, or one whole month a year off school!
To do this we will be monitoring and supporting all attendance in a structured way and wanted to share with you how it will work:
Attendance Steps at St James
STAGE 1 - If your child’s attendance falls below 93%, or a pattern of time off can be seen, you will be sent a letter asking if support is needed by David Cook, our Parent Support Advisor and you will be advised that your child’s attendance is going to be monitored for the next four weeks for improvement.
STAGE 2 - If after four weeks there is no improvement a stage 2 attendance meeting will be held to discuss how we can support you in improving your child’s attendance. If your child’s attendance is below 90% our Education Welfare Officer will become involved and will attend this meeting. It may be suggested that you provide medical evidence for absence. Unauthorised absence will be looked at, at this point
STAGE 3 -If after four weeks improvement is not seen at stage 2 Education Welfare have the following legal powers to enforce school attendance orders, prosecution for irregular attendance or penalty notices. The Head teacher will be involved at this point as well as the EWO.
Holidays in term time
Governors have agreed that no absences for holiday requests in term time, day visits or similar will be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. However, you must still let school know if your child is going on holiday with the start and return dates. This will ensure the office doesn’t phone to check why your child is absent from school whilst you are away.
Fabulous attendance will also be recognised. We will be having half termly class rewards for the year group with the highest percentage, termly individual prizes for 100% and yearly 100%.
Pizza Party Anyone?
Good attendance is vital for learning and making friends at school. We are launching a new 2019/20 scheme to motivate the children into coming into school every day. Every day counts…..
As well celebrating the class with the highest attendance on the newsletter the children will win a slice of pizza to put on the pizza display in the hall. The class to gain the highest number of pizza slices by the final week of each half term will have a free ‘party’.
St James’ Pizza Parties consist of:
- Free food goodies for each child in the class.
- Some free time and reward time to celebrate having the highest attendance for the half term.
St James Early Bird
We have an early bird at St James who encourages the children be punctual.
St James pupils (and parents) this is how it will work….
- Arrive in the classroom at 8.55 or before. Doors open at 8.45 am.
- Take an early bird token and put your name/initials on the back of the token.
- Put your token into the class early bird jar. At 8.55 the jar will close!
- Friday is prize draw day. Year 6 will come round with their ‘sack’ of presents.
- After lunch on Friday a draw will be held in class. The more tokens in the jar the more chances you have to win.
- On super draw days the class winners will be put in the newsletter. A super draw will be announced in assembly.
If you would like your child to join St James Primary School you will need to contact Walsall’s school admissions team to check for vacancies in your child’s required year group, if a space is available, complete all of the necessary paperwork and then liaise with us to get your child settled in as smoothly as possible.
School admissions – 01922652585
We will admit up to 26 part time pupils who are aged 3 on or before 31st August for that academic year.
When applications for Nursery are oversubscribed given any of the above conditions, the following criteria will apply in order to decide who will enter the school:
a) Children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry.
b) Due consideration will then be given to other applicants in terms of distance from the school measured in a straight line
Please click on the link below if you would like to download a copy of our nursery / school application form: