OLM follows Haringey guidelines regarding authorised and unauthorised absences. We request that all absences are reported to the office by 9.30am. If a child is not reported absent by half nine, the office will contact the family. On the day the child comes back they need to bring in a letter or send an email explaining the absence.
The school monitors attendance every half term. We are required to identify all children who have attendance of less than 90%. Therefore, if a child’s attendance falls below 90% in any half term, the school will write to the parents advising them of this and we will monitor the child’s attendance to see an improvement over the following term. If their attendance does not improve, the school will write to the parents again. If there is still no improvement, there will be a meeting with the headteacher to discuss the reasons why the child’s attendance continues to be below the expected minimum. At this point, a decision will be made as to whether to refer the child’s continued low attendance to the local authority.
School opens at 8.40am and children should be sat in their classrooms ready to start school at 8.50am. Once the school gate and hall doors are locked at 8.50am, children must come via the main entrance and will be marked as late. Parents are responsible for signing children into the late book in the office.
If a child is regularly late, we will follow the same procedure used for attendance before making a referral to the local authority.