Mr Davison, the Assistant Headteacher is responsible for attendance at school. He works with Mrs Hudson, our attendance officer to monitor pupil attendance.
Miss Jotty Wagner is the allocated Education Welfare Office for Dane Royd. Every half term she tracks the attendance data for all pupils, she specifically looks at children whose attendance is below 90%- this is called as persistence absence.
The EWO may request that the school sends a letter to parents regarding pupil attendance, he may decide to call a meeting with parents or proceed to issuing a fine if children continue to have persistent absence.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic we are working directly with parents where children are not attending due to health concerns in the household.
A number of parents have requested information on elective home education. The link for this information is below.
Due to government guidance regarding the Covid-19 pandemic we have implemented staggered start and finish times to the school day. Full details are in included in our FAQs
Normal Opening Hours
Nursery: (half day)
Morning: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Main School :
Morning: 8:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Afternoon: 1:05 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Morning Break: 10:35 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.
Lunch Break: 12:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Parents are asked to ensure that their children arrive at school promptly for the start of the school session, this includes Nursery. In the event of any delay then the school secretary should be informed on the child's arrival at school, parents will be asked to enter the pupils details on our electronic register system. If parents are unable to collect their child from school then a telephone message to inform the school of those substituting for the parent is necessary.
Should any child be unable to attend school for any reason then parents are asked to inform the school as soon as possible, by 10am at the latest by using one of the following methods:
1. Telephone the School - 01924 242917
2. Send a letter to the class teacher or Headteacher.
3. Call at the school personally.
Holidays in Term Time
Due to a change in legislation by the Government which came into force from September 2013 the school has been required to change its policy of granting up to 10 days holidays in term time due to 'special circumstances'.
The amendments made by the Department for Education mean that the law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in 'exceptional circumstances' and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
According to the new legislation, parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. The Local Authority is responsible for this, not the school.
The Governing Body updated the school policy to reflect the new legislation for term time holidays in conjunction with local schools. As a result from Septemeber 2013 the school is unable to authorise term time holidays. Any holiday taken during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, unless it meets the criteria for 'exceptional circumstances'.
Exceptional circumstances would include armed forces set holidays and fixed annual leave by employers.
If any parent would like to discuss this further please contact Miss Kelly in school or the Education Welfare Officer on Tel: 01924 307 467.
Dane Royd Junior & Infant School