Attendance / Punctuality Procedures
At Saviour Primary School we believe good attendance and punctuality is vital so that all pupils access the rich and varied curriculum available.
School starts at 9am. Doors open at 8:45am and children are considered late if they arrive after 9am.
If your child is absent from school:
- Please phone school on 0161 205 1221 on the first day of absence leaving your child's name, class and reason for absence. You must contact us every day that your child remains absent from school.
- Messages may be left on the school's answerphone or in person at the school office.
- We will record all reported absences on the school register.
- If we have not heard from parent/carers by 9:30am with a reason for absence, we will ring all the contacts we have on file until contact is made. If no contact is made we may complete a home visit.
Children are missing valuable learning time when they arrive late to school. If you arrive after 9am a member of staff will take your child to class to ensure class learning is not disturbed.
Whenever possible routine medical and dental appointments should be made outside school hours or in the school holidays. To authorise these few occasions where it might not be possible, we need a copy of the appointment letter.
A school slip can also be provided by staff at the School Office. This can be taken to the appointment and stamped by medical/dental practice.
Fixed Penalty Notices
Pupils with a large number of unauthorised absences or who take a term-time holiday may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by the Local Authority of £60 increasing to £120 if not paid within 21 days. These penalties are issued by Manchester Local Authority and are applied per child, per parent.
PLEASE NOTE: An absence is only authorised if you have received confirmation following a request in writing to our Headteacher or where you have provided medical evidence.
We are unable to authorise any leave of absence during term-time unless there are "exceptional circumstances."
Holidays are not considered to be exceptional circumstances so we are not able to authorise these.
From September 2015 the Government changed the threshold for persistent absence from 85% to 90%. This means that children will be considered "persistently absent" if their attendance falls below 90%
How good is your child's attendance?
We will send your child home with a coloured letter each Term to let you know how good your child's attendance is.
100 - 96% GREEN
94% and below RED