St Bartholomew's

Church of England Academy

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How you can help your child to prepare to return to school during a period of self isolation?
Please do support us by preparing your child by:
 talking to them about what they are missing about school, what they would like to do at school, what they enjoy about school.
 by keeping a routine at home as similar to the school day as possible

 by accessing Seesaw home learning daily during the isolation period and making sure your child completes the work set and checks feedback provided
 by ensuring your phone contact details are up to date at school and that you are able to answer phones calls from school from the pastoral team, safeguarding team and class team to speak to you and your child to ask them about their learning, their wellbeing and to arrange collection of food parcels if your child is eligible for Free School Meals. 
 by reminding your child of the positive experiences at school will also help them prepare to return to school.
 By making sure a bedtime routine and a fixed time to sleep and wake up in line with the school day remains in place so that your child is not out of sync or tired when they return. 10-11 hours of sleep is recommended for primary school age children.


How you can help your child to prepare to return to school after a holiday period?
Please do support us by preparing your child over the holidays by:
 talking to them about what they have missed about school, what they would like to do at school, what they enjoy about school.
 by sharing the class video through Seesaw home learning. We have added a video that you can share and talk about with your child about their new classroom and teachers.
 talk about and refer to the class information booklet with your child regularly. We have added these to our home learning platform – Seesaw. Some parents will have received an email with this information.
 If your child was able to attend the transition days, reminding them of the positive experiences they had, will also help them prepare to return to school.
 involve your child in choosing and trying on their school uniform and PE kits choosing their school bag and shoes ready for school.
 Before the start of the school term, please help your child get into the ‘school routine’ by resetting a bedtime routine, a fixed time to sleep and wake up in line with the school day so that they are not out of sync or tired when they return. 10-11 hours of sleep is recommended for primary school age children.

Attendance will be mandatory from the start of the new school year from September 2020, except where statutory exemptions apply.


Please refer to the guidance document when pupils should not attend due to public health or clinical advice.


Please do not send your child into the academy if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms related to COVID 19 and let school know as soon as possible. After using track and trace, you must inform school when a test for COVID is positive.

Attendance will be monitored for all children, and we will be rigorously following up any children who are not attending daily and/or late to the academy. Our attendance team Mrs Sweeten or Mr Terry will make contact and work together with parents to support children to return to the academy and will also make home visits to ensure children are in school daily. 


General information

At St Bartholomew’s Church of England Academy we place great importance on regular attendance and punctuality as we know that missing education has a really detrimental impact on the progress that children make in their learning.

Regular attendance is a vital part of a child's academic and social success. The academy seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education to make the most of their opportunities to realise their full potential.  Staff work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends regularly and punctually. We can help with advice and support if you are experiencing any issues around attendance and punctuality.

Children should be at the academy, on time, every day the academy is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from the academy without a good reason is an offence by the parent. The academy has a legal duty to promote attendance and is required to publish attendance figures.


Every half-day absence from the academy has to be classified by the academy, (not by the parents), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. 

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness or other unavoidable cause. 

Unauthorised absences are those which the academy does not consider reasonable and for which no 'leave' has been given. This includes:
- Parents keeping children off unnecessarily, e.g. shopping trips
- Truancy before or during the academy day
- Absences which have never been properly explained
- Children who arrive at the academy too late to get a mark


Occasionally a child may be reluctant to attend the academy. Any problems with regular attendance and punctuality are discussed and the way forward agreed to address these by working supportively between the academy, the parents and the child. If a child is reluctant to attend, it is never better to cover up their absence or to give in to pressure to excuse them from attending. This gives the impression that attendance does not matter and may make things worse. We like to work in partnership to support families and children to ensure good habits are established in our academy and this will also help children as they move on from St Bart's.


Being on time is important to your child's education. If a child is persistently late, they miss the start of lessons which may have a negative impact on their learning, confidence and self-esteem. Lateness disrupts your child, their class and the staff working with them.  School begins at 8.45, when the children come into the academy. Classroom doors close at 8.55, after which time children should enter through the academy office.

Being 5 minutes late every day will result in your child losing around three learning days a year.
Being 15 minutes late every day equates to having two complete weeks off a year.
Being 30 minutes late daily equates to losing nineteen learning days a year.

Persistent lateness can result in a penalty notice being issued, which carries a fine.



If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please contact the academy by telephone or text by 9.00am on the first day of absence. This will be an authorised absence.


Appointments of any kind, such as a doctor’s or dentist appointment, should be arranged outside of academy hours where possible.  If this is unavoidable, please let the academy office know and this will be authorised. 


Children returning to the academy after illness should clearly be fit to do so and free from any infection.


Term Time Holidays

Government guidance does not permit parents to take children on holidays during term time except under the most exceptional circumstances.


If you do decide to take your child on a family holiday that has not been authorised, their absence will be recorded as 'unauthorised' and could result in a prosecution and a fine.


Attendance rewards

Most of our children have very good attendance and we reward this in the following ways: Weekly class awards, Attendance Ellie stays with the class for the week,100% attendance certificates and house points towards a termly house cup.


Academy Closure

Academy closures will be announced as soon as the information has been verified and become available via the following methods:

  • Academy website

  • Twitter feed

  • Facebook page

  • Local radio through Coventry Local Authority School Closure Alerts

Our full Attendance Policy is available on our Policies page here.