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Each year the LA sets attendance targets with the school and our performance is monitored. 

The data below compares the attendance of children of compulsory school age at Thames View Infants with local and national averages.

 

Thames View Infants

Attendance

%

Authorised Absence

%

Unauthorised Absence

%

Persistent Absence

%

2006/2007
91.6
6.6
1.8
6.2

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

93.2
5.5
1.2
N/A
National Average
94.74
4.73
0.52
N/A
2007/2008
94.35
5.46
0.19
2.8

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

93.87
5.02
1.11
2.7
National Average
94.74
4.69
0.59
1.7
2008/2009
95.56
4.20
0.24
0.5

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

(a. Primary

b. Infants)

a. 94.0

b. 93.5

4.85
1.22
2.42
National Average
94.7
4.66
0.64
1.5
2009/2010
96.95
2.78
0.27
0

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

(a. Primary

b. Infants)

a. 94.70

b. 94.17

4.0

4.64

1.30

1.18

3.1

National Average
94.80
4.54
0.67
1.4

 

Thames View Infants

Attendance

%

Disadvantaged Attendance

%

Authorised Absence

%

Unauthorised Absence

%

Persistent Absence

%

Lateness

%

Disadvantaged Lateness

%

2010/2011

97.61

95.81 FSM

95.55 LAC

2.22
0.16
0
2
2.48

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

(a. Primary

b. Infants)

a. 94.89

b. 94.79

Unavailable

3.82

4.09

1.29

1.11

4.3

Unavailable
Unavailable
National Average
95
4.3
0.7
3.9
2011/2012

97.48

96.8 FSM

95.7 LAC

2.25
0.27
0.4
1.97
2.64

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

(a. Primary

b. Infants)

a. 95.64

b. 95.33

Unavailable

3.24

3.72

1.12

0.95

2.8

Unavailable
Unavailable
National Average
95.22
Unavailable
3.4
1.3
2.5
Unavailable
Unavailable
2012/2013

97.66

97.3 FSM

97.56 LAC

2.07
0.23
0.4
1.87
2.56

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

95.6

Unavailable

3.3

1.1

3.2

Unavailable
Unavailable
National Average
95.3
Unavailable
3.9
0.7
3.0
Unavailable
Unavailable
2013/2014

97.38

96.78 FSM

95.73 LAC

2.28
0.34
0.4
1.30
1.29

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

96.1

Unavailable

2.8

1.0

2.6

Unavailable
Unavailable
National Average
96.2
Unavailable
3.1
0.7
2.1
Unavailable
Unavailable
2014/2015

97.49

96.56 FSM

98.1 LAC

2.33
0.18
0
1.12
1.61

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

95.66

Unavailable

3.08

1.26
2.7
Unavailable
Unavailable
National Average *
96.00
Unavailable
3.3
0.7
2.7
Unavailable
Unavailable
2015/2016

97.23

96.42 FSM

97.97 LAC

2.32
0.46

2.5

(90% threshold)

1.06
1.56

Average for

Barking & Dagenham

Primary

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*  Note: data for half-term 1-4 only. ** Note: from 2016, reported data includes the whole academic year.

It is a legal requirement that children should attend school regularly. Any absence, except for ill health, is discouraged, including absence for holidays. Parents do not have the legal right to take children out of school on holiday and more information is provided in the school's Special Leave request form.

The school's Attendance Officer visits the school on a regular basis and will contact you if you are having problems in getting your child to school on time or if he/she is frequently absent. Regular attendance and good time keeping are very important if children are to succeed in school.


What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is really very poorly then they should stay at home and convalesce in bed. Should this be the case, we ask you to call or text our school office by 10am on each and every day of their absence and notify us of their progress.

We offer a very caring and supportive environment, and can help your child return early to school by:

  •  administering medicines for your child (if you complete a special form from the 

 office)

  •  keeping an 'extra eye' on your child whilst they recover
  •  communicating with you closely about 'how they are doing'
  •  letting you know if they start feeling unwell again when back at school
  •  providing them with alternative food choices at lunchtimes (by special arrangement)
  •  talking to Dr John at the Thames View Medical Centre
  •  working with you and your child if they aren't settling or if you are having trouble 

 getting them to school each morning 

  •  talking and listening to you and helping you through this process
  •  showing flexibility and care, working with you to overcome any difficulties



What is "good attendance"?

The National Target for School Attendance is 95%.  This means that, over the year, children miss on average 1 day of schooling per month (or half-a-day per fortnight). In reality, however, at Thames View Infants many children attend school everyday and have 100% attendance.  Each term we award all our families who achieve 100% Attendance with a special and very popular "Flower Assembly".  Each term, we also award a bike to a child who has show a remarkable improvement in his or her attendance over the year to date.


How do I know what my child's attendance is?

We work in partnership with our families and, as a school, we continually monitor attendance.  More often than not, we will already know if your child's attendance has dropped because at some point, we will have spoken about it together.  Nevertheless, every fortnight, we formally examine the attendance of all our children.  Each term, we write to each parent if their child falls below the following thresholds of concern:

  •  Under 95% (half-a-day absenteeism per fortnight)
  •  Under 90% (half-a-day per week)
  •  Under 85% (almost one day per week)
  •  Under 75% (almost a day-and-a-half per week)

Although '90%' sounds high, projected over a child's educational career, it could amount to, on average, missing a whole academic year of schooling.   By notifying you formally by letter, we can work together to help improve your child's attendance.


What are the effects of low attendance?
Not attending school regularly can be very detrimental to a child's education.  In the 'Attendance Matters' booklet (see the link below), the DCFS argue that, statistically, it is the children with more than 90% attendance that get better exam grades and are more likely to get a good job in later life.  Children with poor attendance have trouble feeling included within school life and tend to have difficulties forming friendships.  Children find it increasingly more difficult to 'catch up' with the work they have missed if they are absent regularly.  In a worse case scenario, children not in school regularly are often regarded as the most vulnerable.  The local authority will prosecute families who fail to ensure their child attends school regularly.  All this aside, our school is a caring and happy environment, and with a high waiting list, it's also not fair for those families that want to send their child to our school, but can't because it is full.

DCFS 'Attendance Matters' Booklet




ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS


Children are admitted into the Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday. Children are admitted to the Infants School in the September after their 4th birthday. You will be notified in June if the school can offer you a place. A meeting will be held for parents in July and your children will have the opportunity to meet their new class teachers.

When children begin school in September, they come for half a day for the first few weeks. This gives them a chance to learn new routines and gives their teacher a chance to give them the attention they require at this early stage. Children who did not attend the schools nursery will receive a home visit from their new teacher prior to admission.

Children that join our school mid-way through the year, are introduced to a nominated class buddy who will help look after them over the first few days.  The School Council will also meet the child and will help to ensure that they feel welcomed and are not alone at playtimes and lunchtimes.  We recommend that you talk to your child's teacher as often as possible throughout the initial settling-in period.  If you find that, suddenly, your child appears overly unsettled then please talk to us - there might be a reason for this and we'll work together to help overcome it.



WAITING LIST


Parents may place their child on the Nursery waiting list after their 2nd birthday. The admission process for securing a Reception place usually starts as early as the December in the year before the child starts school.  All admissions to and between schools within the Local Authority, including starting Reception, is administered "centrally" by the Local Authority's Admissions Team.  Parents wanting a place in the school, should complete the relevant documentation and return it to the Local Authority or apply on-line. (Please see links and downloads on our home page for more information). We must emphasise that a place in the nursery does not necessarily guarantee a school place.



ADMISSION CRITERIA


Please click the below link in order to view full details of our Local Authority's Admissions Procedures, which our Academy continues to observe.


LBBD Admission Criteria and Arrangements


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