Archive | January, 2017

Lowerplace is OPEN today – Friday 13th January 2017

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Lowerplace Primary School is open today. Please bear in mind, that if school is open your child is expected to be here. Absences will not be authorised due to issues with weather.

If the decision is made not to open school on a particular day, we take multiple steps to let parent know as soon as possible:

* we will text parents and carers – if you have changed your number recently, please check with the school office that we have your correct number. If you have a ParentMail account, please update it with your new number. School staff are unable to update your personal ParentMail account.

* we will post a message here on our News Desk blog page

* we will tweet it from the main school Twitter account @Lowerplace_PS

* it will be listed on the council’s school closures website here: Rochdale Council Snow

* we will let local radio stations know, who will list it on their own websites and may announce it on-air.

Thank you!

Attendance and punctuality

The start of a new year seems like a great time for a quick reminder about the impact of attendance and punctuality on your child’s learning, and our policies surrounding it! Mrs Mulkeen and Mr Moore are visiting classrooms this morning to announce those children who have achieved 100% attendance for the Autumn Term, who will be able to attend a daylight disco in school next week as a reward.

Reporting absences

If your child is absent from school it is your responsibility to inform us of a reason for absence by 10am on each day.
If we do not hear from you we will contact you by phone or text message, and in some cases we will make a home visit. Letters are also sent home asking you why your child has been absent – please ensure these are completed and returned to school.

Absences without a valid reason are recorded as unauthorised.
Absence Line: 01706 648174 option 1. An answering machine is also used on this line.

Running late?

Punctuality at school has a huge impact on your child’s learning. Coming into the classroom after everyone else has settled down to work can be embarrassing and unsettling. They also miss the time when the lesson plan is set out for the class.

Obviously there are times when lateness is unavoidable – a puncture on the way to school? We’ve all been there! But if you are running more than 15 minutes late for school, please call the school office on 01706 648174 so that we are able to let the class teacher know when to expect your child. If your child has a school meal, we will also need to book it with the kitchen before 10am. If you don’t let us know, then we will be unable to provide a meal for your child.

Did you know? If your child is late after registration more than 10 times in a half term, we can refer you for a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Holidays and planned absences during Term Time

Please remember – parents and carers have no legal right to take their child out of school during term time for any form of holiday. This includes, but is not limited to: weddings, visiting sick relatives, and short breaks. This is Unauthorised Term-Time Leave and we will submit Fixed Penalty Notices where applicable.

You must, by law, inform us if you intend to take your child out of school during term time, or else risk being reported to the both the Education Welfare Team and the Children Missing Education Department.

Notification forms (orange forms) can be collected from either school office to inform us of such an absence. Remember, this form is a notification of your intent, not an application for our permission, and must be completed BEFORE the absence.

How do we count absences?

Registers are taken at the start of every session: that means first thing every morning and every afternoon.
If a child misses one day of school, they miss two sessions.

Facts + Figures
* There are 190 Teaching Days in a school year.
* There are 175 non-Teaching Days in a school year.
* 10 days of absence reduces a child’s attendance level to 95%.
* 29 days of absence reduces a child’s attendance level to 85%.
* 47 days of absence reduces a child’s attendance level to 75%.
* Children with over 90% attendance are more likely to achieve five or more A-C grades at GCSE level.
* Children with less than 85% attendance are unlikely to achieve any A-C grades at GCSE level.

A Helping Hand
At Lowerplace School we understand that parenting is the most rewarding job in the world, but it can often be challenging too. We have links with a number of charities and outside agencies who offer support to families experiencing any difficulties in their home lives – debt, risk of homelessness, medical concerns, substance abuse, alcoholism and worklessness to name a few. If you would like any confidential advice, please come and speak to Nichole Mulkeen, Family Outreach Officer.