Let’s get attendance back on track
Adamsdown Primary School is working with Cardiff Council to improve school attendance to ensure our pupils have the best chance of achieving.
Following the disruption caused to education during the pandemic, we are re keen to remind families that every day in school matters. Regular school attendance is important, not just because the law requires it, but it helps our learners to achieve more and improve attainment during their school lives and beyond.
Fixed Penalty Notices for non-school attendance have now been re-instated by Welsh Government following the pandemic and schools may now consider requesting these in the case of unauthorised absence or an unauthorised holiday.
Please ensure that your child attends every day and is on time. If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the school to explain the absence. Every school has access to a School Attendance Officer and an allocated Education Welfare Officer who will help and support you with any difficulties you may have with your child’s attendance at school. Please contact school in the first instance.
So, it’s time to get attendance back on track.
For more information visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/schoolattendance
In addition to support available from the School’s Attendance Officer and the Education Welfare Service, Cardiff Family Advice and Support offers a range of information, advice and assistance for children, young people and their families on a range of issues relating to family life which may be impacting on their school attendance. Visit https://www.cardifffamilies.co.uk/ to find out more.
Attendance - Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNS)
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I am writing to inform you that, in line with our cluster of schools, we will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNS) to parents/ carers whose children have unauthorised attendance. We may issue an FPN if:
- your child had 5 days unauthorised absence within 1 school year.
- your child is absent from school due to an unauthorised holiday
- your child is more than 30 minutes late (arrives after 9:25am) more than 10 times
Authorised/ unauthorised absence:
- If your child is ill - this is classed as an authorised absence
- Holidays are unauthorised.
- Holidays of 5 days or less won’t incur an FPN IF the child’s attendance was 92% or above in the previous academic year.
What is the cost of a Fixed Penalty Notice?
An FPN is £60 if paid within 28 days
What happens if I do not pay a Fixed Penalty Notice?
Parents will be given up to 42 days from receipt to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice in full. If you fail to do so, the Local Authority will start proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court for the original offence of poor school attendance and/or punctuality.
Can a school issue their own Penalty Notices?
No. The Fixed Penalty Notice scheme is administered by the Local Authority.
Schools DO NOT receive any money from FPNs.
We are implementing this to help raise attendance of pupils to support attainment, progress and wellbeing. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs E Thomas - Head Teacher