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School Attendance Matters

At Shirley Juniors we have worked hard to improve our attendance and are pleased to say that our overall attendance for 2015-16 was 97.3%

All children are expected to attend school EVERYDAY throughout the academic year in order to maximise their learning opportunities. We hope that everyone will join us in attempting to improve on this year by following the guidelines below;-

School opening times

School doors open at 8.45am and children should be in classes and ready for registration at 8.55am. After this time children must enter school via the school office to be signed in.

Children arriving after 9.20am will be marked as unauthorised absence for the morning session.

Celebrating Attendance

We reward good attendance with certificates and trophies in celebration assemblies. Each week the class with the highest attendance receives our attendance trophy. Children with 100% attendance will be celebrated half termly at the assembly.

Leave of absence requests

Parents have a legal duty to ensure regular and punctual attendance by their child at school.

Holidays should be taken during the school holiday period and there is no entitlement for any family holidays or leave of absence during term time. Requests for holiday will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications must be made at least 3 weeks in advance using the application for leave form available from the school office.

The Head Teacher will consider each request on its merits but will usually only be agreed in exceptional circumstances.

No authorised absence will be given during Year 11 or KS1/KS2 SAT’s periods, this will include all siblings in the family. Schools within Jefferys Education Trust will liaise with each other regarding this.

Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed Penalty Notices were introduced by Southampton Local Authority in September 2005 as an alternative to prosecution.

All students who have 10 sessions (ie. 5 days) of unauthorised absence may be liable to receive a fixed penalty notice which incurs a monetary penalty per parent per child.


Parents must notify the school by telephone each day by 9:30am if a child will be absent from school due to illness.

Medical evidence of illness may be requested for children that are absent for more than 3 successive days.

Medicine can be given to children at school at the following times to coincide with their breaks;

10:40am / 12:00pm - 1:00pm

We would encourage parents to consider carefully if their child is actually well enough to attend school with medication.

We expect ALL appointments, with the exception of hospital appointments, to be made outside of normal school hours.



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