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Rednal Hill Junior School


Irwin Avenue, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8QY

0121 453 2520

Attendance and school times guidance

Attendance - Parental guidance

School Times

The school day begins at 8:50am

The register is open between 8:50am and 9:00am


After 9:00 am children are given a late mark

The school understands that an occasional late mark is unavoidable, however, if your child is frequently late the school will contact parents for a meeting to establish the reasons for the continued late arrivals.


After 9:20am children are coded absent if no contact has been made with school


Afternoon registration takes place at 1:30pm for all years.


Absence procedure if your child is not in school and there has been no contact



If there is no contact from parents there will be a first day absence text






Still no contact on first day of absence then the school will call. It is at the school’s discretion whether this if followed up by a home visit.






Second day absence-school calls






No response school will visit home





If contact made no further proceedings


If no contact made school refers to police for safe and wellbeing check






Authorised and Unauthorised Absence

November 2016 guidance from the Department for Education clearly states that the authorisation of absences is limited to very few reasons. Medical appointments supported with evidence, funerals of close relatives and illness are all possible reasons for authorised absence but where there is doubt over the validity of such then these will be marked as unauthorised. Where there is doubt, the Headteacher can ask for evidence to be provided before authorisation happens.


Authorised absences are;

  • death of parent/carer or sibling of the pupil
  • life threatening or critical illness of parent or sibling of the pupil
  • parent/carer recuperation and convalescence from critical illness or surgery (leave request to be made within 6 months of recovery and medical evidence required)
  • leave for armed forces personnel who are prevented by operational duties to take their leave at any other time
  • leave of absence already granted by a previous school or local authority (granted within the last six months and supported by documentation from the previous school) 
  • Religious observance (at Headteachers discretion)


Unauthorised absences are;

  • Anything not mentioned above, including not reporting absences on the first day of the illness
  • Holiday in term time requests



Attendance monitoring

A child with attendance data of 90% or below is considered a persistent absentee. This equates to 19 school days absence from school, 4 weeks or 100 lessons away from their learning.


Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


If your child’s attendance falls below 90% the school will monitor. If the school has concerns about attendance, we will contact parents to discuss.


If your child has more than 10 days unauthorised absence (20 sessions) the school may initiate the “Spotlight” approach to attendance.  



The school will recognise medical appointments as not being part of overall absence. Medical appointments must be related to ongoing medical issues. Doctor and dentist appointments should be made out of school hours where possible. It is the expectation of the school that if an appointment during the day is unavoidable, then the child attends school around the appointment, this will ensure they are not coded in a way that could stop them enjoying end of term rewards.


The school target for rewards is 98% and above. This equates to 4 days absence in a school year not including medical appointments.


Termly Rewards

Yearly Rewards

4 Year Rewards (entire time at Rednal Hill Junior School)

·         Certificates for 98%+ children (per term)

·         End of term celebration

·         Raffle (all children with 98%+ entered into a raffle to win a bike)

·         Certificates for 98%+ children (whole school year)

·         Badges for 100% attendance (excludes medical appointments)

·         Best attended class reward (cinema trip)

·         100% attendance children – ceremony with parents invited. Child presented with a trophy and hoodie.