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Attendance Policy


We believe that regular pupil attendance is essential if pupils are to gain maximum benefit from educational opportunities available to them at Pioneer School. We feel that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all our pupils.


If a pupil is absent, the parent/carer should inform the school as soon as possible. This should be on the first day of absence. If no contact is received on the first morning of absence we will endeavour to contact the parent/carer by telephone. When a pupil returns following a period of absence, he/she should bring a note explaining the reason for the absence. If the absence is prolonged or follows a change in medication or a medical procedure, we will hold a ‘Back to School Meeting’ with parents and medical staff to ensure that we have all the relevant information we need to support the child.

Authorised absences

An absence is classified as authorised when a child has been away from school for a legitimate reason and parents/carers have notified the school. (An absence is not necessarily authorised simply because parents/carers notify the school).  Reasons for authorised absence would generally be illness, medical appointments, religious observance, family bereavement, etc., or a special circumstance authorised by the Headteacher.  As from September 2013, parents no longer have the right to request leave of absence for their children for an annual holiday.  Headteachers cannot grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Unauthorised absences

An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from school without  good reason and without permission from the school, for example shopping or birthday.



The Aims of our Accessibility Plan are:

1.      To increase the extent to which our pupils can participate in the curriculum

2.      Improve our physical environment

3.      Improve availability of accessible information







To make the school a total communication environment

All teachers to ensure that their classrooms show evidence of: use of PECS; Objects of Reference; Intensive Interaction; Attention Autism as appropriate


Lesson observations/drop ins demonstrate that strategies are in place



On going




To improve staff use of Signalong

All staff will be introduced to two new signs a week. ‘Signs of the Week’ will be available on the school intranet


Staff will be observed signing spontaneously



Led by FW/CK

To further develop outdoor play areas

To remove some of the plants and bark in secondary playground and replace with edible plants and artificial grass


Pupils will be able to use playground safely





To improve and make more accessible information on the school’s website


Update and streamline information on the website making it more accessible

Parents and professionals will be able to access information more easily

July 2017




Tracey Ashby,
3 May 2017, 01:01
Tracey Ashby,
7 Jun 2017, 03:40