St Bartholomew's

Church of England Academy

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COVID 19 2020


How you can help your child to prepare to return to school?
Please do support us by preparing your child over the summer 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.
 towards the end of August, 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, 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 school 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 school. Our attendance team Mrs Sweeten or Mr Terry will make contact with parents to support children to return to school 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 at school as we know that missing school 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 school regularly and punctually. We can help with advice and support if you are experiencing any issues around attendance and punctuality.

Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school 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 school 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 school does not consider reasonable and for which no 'leave' has been given. This includes:
- Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily, e.g. shopping trips
- Truancy before or during the school day
- Absences which have never been properly explained
- Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark


Occasionally a child may be reluctant to attend school. Any problems with regular attendance and punctuality are discussed and the way forward agreed to address these 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 school and this will also help children as they move on from St Barts.


Being on time for school 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 school. Classroom doors close at 8.55, after which time children should enter through the main 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 school 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 school hours where possible.  If this is unavoidable, please let the school office know and this will be authorised. 


Children returning to school 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 school 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.


School Closure

School 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.