Attendance & Behaviour

Behaviour

At The William Hogarth School we expect a high standard of behaviour. We believe it is essential to pupils being able to learn and to enjoy their time in school. We provide a consistent, coherent and positive approach to behaviour management. Please refer to the School Behaviour Policy for full details.

The values which underpin our behaviour policy are further supported in our Home / School agreement. We acknowledge and appreciate the importance of our partnership with parents in the successful implementation of our policy. Our School Rules identify the behaviour we expect in school and we ask the support or parents and carers in reminding their children of these rules.

Our school rules

  • We speak nicely to each other.
  • We listen carefully to each other.
  • We walk quietly and calmly in school.
  • We work quietly.
  • We look after our school and everything in it.
  • We follow instructions immediately.
  • We always do our best.
  • We look after each other.

Attendance and punctuality

Regular attendance is important if pupils are to benefit from the full range of educational opportunities available. When pupils are absent from school we ask that parents/carers notify us on the first morning of absence. If we have not heard from the family we will phone the parent/carer as soon as the register arrives in the office. We also consider it of vital importance that pupils arrive at school on time each day. Not only does this encourage good habits for later life but it also lessens any disruption caused by pupils joining lessons late and allows children to be more settled and receive the full impact of teaching. All children who arrive at school late will have to report to the late desk with their parent/carer. The late desk will be in the reception area outside the main office until 9.15am.

In accordance with Government directives we distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absences. Only the school can authorise absence. Authorised absences would include absence through illness or medical appointments and exceptional circumstances (authorised by the Headteacher). All family holidays should be taken in school holidays.

We work very closely with the Educational Welfare Officer to ensure that all pupils receive their full entitlement to education and their progress is not disrupted by a high level of absence. The Education Welfare Officer automatically picks up attendance issues that fall below 90%, and writes to parents about this. Consistently low attendance can result in action being taken by the Education Welfare Service.