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 At Joseph Cash Primary School, we truly believe that every school day counts towards your child's future!


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Autumn Team 2019

Romanain Version of Newsletter - Autumn 2019

Spring 2019

Attendance Process

Attendance Policy


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Being On Time

  •  The school day starts at 8:40a.m. Being on time supports your child to have a settled start to the school day. Learning begins immediately after registration.

  •  Breakfast club is available and children can attend anytime between 8:00 and 8:30a.m. and costs just £1.50 per session. This can help to ensure your child is on time for school

Holidays and Appointments

  •  There are 365 days a year, only 190 of these are school days. Holidays and doctors/dentist appointments should be made outside of the school day. Non-emergency appointments will not be authorised.

  •  Hospital appointments will be authorised only when an appointment letter is presented at main reception.

  •  Holidays during term time will not be authorised.

  •  A PENALTY NOTICE may be issued for any unauthorised absence.

  •  We understand that children are sometimes poorly. Parents MUST telephone school on the morning of absence giving a clear reason for absence (02476 594851)

  • If you for decide to take pupils out of school for a holiday you need to either write a letter to the headteacher explaining or meet with the headteacher to discuss. You will then be directed to complete a yellow form from the office.
  • Pupils who are absent from school and we do not have information about where they are will be reported as Missing in Education to the local Authority.


 If a reason for absence is not provided by 10am then you will receive a phone call or a home visit from a member of staff.

If your child’s attendance falls below 95%, school will require proof of illness in the form of prescribed medication or a Doctors note for all absences.
Unimproved absence will result in a parent meeting with the Head teacher or support from the school’s Education Welfare Of-ficer.

Support and Advice

If you need support to improve your child’s attendance or punctuality, please ask at main reception to speak to amember of the Learning Mentor Team who can offer lots of advice, support and ideas

What absence means for your child 

  • 10 days absence would mean 95% attendance.
  • 19 days absence would mean 90% attendance.
  • 29 days absence would mean 85% attendance.
  • 38 days absence would mean 80% attendance.
  • 47 days absence would mean 75% attendance.

Good attendance is important because; 

  • Statistics show a direct link between educational achievement and absence levels. Higher absence can lead to lower achievement.
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically.
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to maintain.
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying.
  • Regular attenders find transition points easier to manage.

 Please speak to Miss Salter (Learning Mentor) or the admin team if you have any questions


As we similarly encourage excellent attendance, so too do we consider punctuality as significant to your child's learning, in addition to developing a necessary life skill.

  • 5 minutes of lateness every day = 3 days of school lost a year.
  • 10 minutes of lateness every day = 6.5 days of school lost a year.
  • 15 minutes of lateness every day = 10 days of school lost a year.
  • 20 minutes of lateness every day = 13 days of school lost a year.
  • 30 minutes of lateness every day = 19 days of school lost a year.

If you arrive to school late with your child, you will be asked to register them using our login system in the Reception area providing a reason for their lateness. 

Pupils lateness is entered and where children are persistently late a letter will be sent home half termly informing patent how many minutes of lost learning have taken place. 

All classes start their lessons are 9am. 

8.40am-9am is a soft opening, providing children with the opportunity to take part in additional learning opportunities in the classroom. During  this time we also provide breakfast bagels for all children, through Magic Breakfast club funding.

Is my child too ill for school? 

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they're unwell.
But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.

If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone the school or nursery on the first day. Let them know that they won't be in and give them the reason.
If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, let their teacher know. This information is taken from the NHS website.

If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all the spots have crusted over.
This is usually about 5 days after the spots first appeared.

Cold sores
There's no need to keep your child off school if they have a cold sore.
Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore, or to share things like cups and towels.

You don't need to keep your child away from school if they have conjunctivitis.
Do get advice from your pharmacist. Encourage your child not to rub their eyes and to wash their hands regularly.

Coughs and colds
It's fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes.
Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.

Ear infection
If your child has an ear infection and a fever or severe earache, keep them off school until they're feeling better or their fever goes away.

If your child has a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes away.

Hand, foot and mouth disease
If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease but seems well enough to go to school, there's no need to keep them off.
Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues straight away and to wash their hands regularly.

Head lice and nits
There's no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

If your child has impetigo, they'll need antibiotic treatment from the GP.
Keep them off school until all the sores have crusted over and healed, or for 48 hours after they start antibiotic treatment.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and not to share towels, cups and so on with other children at school.

If your child has ringworm, see your pharmacist unless it's on their scalp, in which case you should see the GP.
It's fine for your child to go to school once they have started treatment.

Scarlet fever
If your child has scarlet fever, they'll need treatment with antibiotics from the GP. Otherwise they'll be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks.
Your child can go back to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease)
You don't need to keep your child off school if they have slapped cheek syndrome because once the rash appears, they're no longer infectious.
If you suspect your child has slapped cheek syndrome, take them to the GP and let their school know if they're diagnosed with it.

Sore throat
You can still send your child to school if they have a sore throat. But if they also have a fever, they should stay at home until it goes away.

You don't need to keep your child off school if they have threadworms.
Speak to your pharmacist, who can recommend a treatment.

Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone.

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