Headteacher's Blog Updates
- In full swing...
- Attendance Matters
- A sense of community
- Delighted and honoured
- We need to talk ...
- Dear Year 2 children,
- Dear Year 6 children,
- A plea ....... (or two!)
- Welcome to the Summer Term
- Happy Easter
- A picture paints a thousand words
- Always question. Always wonder.
- Exciting times!
- Come to our Open Morning
- We're listening...
- It's been a busy term!
- Safer Internet Day 2017
- A love of reading
- Happy New Year!
- Welcome back!
- Happy Holiday!
- What a fabulous start to the new school year!
- A buzz in the air!
- Term 4 already!
- We are Outstanding!
- As busy as ever!
- Wow - what a week!
- We have an exciting week ahead!
- A fabulous first few days!
- Our new arrivals
- Principal's Blog
- Week Four!
- Week Three!
- Welcome Back!
- Ready for this!
- The Mayor's Service
End of year events are in full swing now, although it's still difficult to believe we've almost reached the end of another academic year. How does the time fly by so quickly? We still have lots we want to achieve before the end of the term, even though we're also busy making plans for the next academic year.
Rehearsals for Symphony 2017 are in full flow and the children have worked incredibly hard. Tickets are still available from The Deco box office and we're lucky in that the view from every seat in this theatre is superb. We've cut the number of full rehearsal days down from 15 to 7 this year and the children are responding to the challenge. Groups have worked hard all year in order that their pieces are performance-ready next week and it's now a case of making sure that it all fits together seamlessly! The enthusiasm, energy and behaviour of the children has been exemplary and I congratulate each and every one of them. The children who are not participating in the show have continued to work with enthusiasm, remaining fully engaged in lessons and also behaving in an exemplary way. Thank you all for being so fabulous. Costumes and props have been sourced and provided and I would like to thank all our families for their continued support in helping us whenever we need it. Lastly, I would like to thank our fabulous staff team, who have worked tirelessly this week - either in rehearsals, classrooms, offices or the grounds, ensuring that school continues with the same high standards as always. Add to this, temperatures in excess of 30 degrees and I think you'll agree that it's been a tiring week for everyone. I hope that you all; staff, children and parents, are having a relaxing weekend.
In addition to the Summer Show, we're also busy organising Sports Day, Transfer Day, Open Afternoon, Meet the Teacher, Book Fair, Reception Home visits, Stay & Play sessions, Y6 Leavers' events and an afternoon tea to say goodbye to Mrs Yates. Plus, we're writing your child's annual report which you'll receive before the end of term. Please check The Gazette for details on all these events.
Finally, I'd like to wish our Ballroom Competition Team the very best of luck tonight at the Derngate, where they are taking part in the Dancing Schools UK final. Mrs Wagg and I will be there, along with all your families, cheering you on! Good luck and have fun!
School attendance is important
Here at The Grange School, we want every child to have every opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to make the most of these opportunities, children need to be in school all day, every day.
There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. Children who miss school frequently, will fall behind in their work. This will affect their future prospects.
Your responsibilities as a parent
Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education either by regular attendance at a school or by home-schooling.
Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education.
What the law says
Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education 'suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs that they may have either by regular school attendance at school or otherwise'. Section 7 Education Act 1996.
Parents whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children, may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996. The council may issue a penalty notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.
Absence from school
Unauthorised absence - this is when children are absent from school without the authority of the Head Teacher. The following will be categorised as unauthorised absence:
. birthday treats
. day trips
. hairdresser visits
. taking a long weekend off
. holidays in term time
. taking the rest of the day off before or after a medical appointment
Authorised absence - there are very few reasons why absence may be authorised and in all cases we ask that you contact us and explain the reason why your child is absent. If you need to take your child out of school in exceptional circumstances, please contact the school and we will explain our procedures for requesting this absence.
We are currently seeing an unprecedented number of absences, due to a variety of reasons, including holidays. Holidays in term time are not authorised. We appreciate that holidays are considerably less expensive during termtime, but please consider the effect that this period of absence has on your child:
Days absent in an academic year
Our attendance target for each child is 96%. Once attendance is at or below 95%, we work with you to improve your child's attendance. We also measure whole class attendance and school attendance. These are currently below 96%, which needs to improve please. Reception class attendance last week was below 90% in both classes.
We appreciate that all children are ill sometimes and very occasionally, they should be kept off school. However, this should only happen when your child is simply too unwell to be in school or has a contagious condition. Coughs and colds are not a reason to stay at home. If you are in any doubt, please ask our advice. Please also be assured that if your child becomes too unwell during the school day, we will always contact you.
We appreciate the support you give to us and we are asking you to support us in improving your child's attendance figures, if this is required. If your child's attendance is below 96%, you will shortly receive an attendance report. Please think about the reasons why your child's attendance has been unacceptable this year and how this can be improved. If you need any support to do this, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Mrs Wagg or Mrs Hennessy.
As always, your support is very much appreciated.