At Dane Bank Primary School we aim to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential. The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.
Our attendance policy is available on our policies page, or by clicking here.
Pupils can come into school from 8.45am and the school day starts promptly at 8.55 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 9 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late. Pupils arriving at school after 9 a.m. must enter through the main entrance and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch.
Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices in cases of unauthorised absence from school. This means that when a pupil has unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more, in a 12-week period (where no acceptable reason has been given for the absence) or if their child persistently arrives late for school after the close of registration, their parents may receive a Penalty Notice of £120, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. The Penalty Notice will need to be paid in full before 28 days of the Notice being served. Failure to pay a Penalty Notice may result in prosecution (a separate Penalty Notice may be issued to each parent for each child).