New and In-year Admissions

We manage our own in-year admissions. If you would like to transfer your child after the school year has started, please contact the school office on 01865 779772 to arrange a visit and to ask for an application pack.

Please be reassured that all Reception places will continue to be handled by the Local Authority.  If you would like details on how to contact the Local Authority (Oxfordshire County Council) please visit their website by clicking here or contact our School Attendance Officer – Romana Daci – on 01865 779772.

All admissions are subject to set criteria, these criteria need to be adhered to as part of the Admissions Code.

At SCC we accept 60 children per year group; this is in line with infant guidelines of no more than 30 children in a class.

You can view our latest Admissions Policy by visiting the school policies & procedures page  

Attendance

To view the latest copy of our Attendance Policy please visit the policies & procedures page

Learning starts at 8.45am every morning and children should be in class and ready to learn at this time.

We promote excellent school attendance, recognising the clear links between attendance and progress, and attendance and safeguarding. Our aim is for all children on roll to attend school every day, provided that they are fit and healthy enough to do so.

Parents/carers are asked to only withdraw their child from school if it is absolutely unavoidable. For more details, please see the school’s attendance policy. There are 175 non-school days per year for holidays, shopping and appointments. There should be little need, except in ‘exceptional circumstances’ for your child to miss a day’s education.

  • If, exceptionally, you know that your child is going to be absent from school for any period of time (even if it is part of a day) please seek the Headteacher’s authorisation in advance by completing the Authorised Absence Request Form available at the school office. The Government and the school wish to discourage children from missing lessons whenever possible and ask parents to take family holidays during school holidays
  • We would expect medical and dental appointments to take place outside of school hours, but if children do need to be taken out of school to attend appointments such as the hospital, please sign them out at the School Office when they leave and then back again when they return
  • If your child is late for school and misses registration, please sign your child in at the School Office
  • We target intervention for children whose attendance falls below a target of 96%
  • If your child does not attend school they will not make progress and achieve
  • We want all children to have high levels of attendance and give themselves the very best life changes and choices

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. At St Christopher’s we strive to achieve the national expectations for attendance and to reduce the number of pupils who are persistently absent.

In order to support families to improve attendance and provide our children with the best possible chance of succeeding, we will continue to follow the 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework. The Foundations framework is completely child-centred to ensure we understand how to support any identified attendance concerns within the school.

What is the 5 Foundations Framework for Attendance?

The 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework is modelled on the work of Professor Katherine Weare. The emphasis is on developing a school culture and climate which builds a sense of connectedness and belonging to ensure that all children can attend school and thrive. The approach ensures schools prioritise building solid working relationships with children/parents prior to any escalation. The approach allows educational settings to identify triggers early that can lead to poor attendance issues such as: mental health issues, lack of trust, communication and relationship breakdowns, and the possible lack of networking opportunities both internal (in-school) and external (external agencies).

Aims of the Foundations strategy

  • Increase school attendance and reduce Persistent Absence to meet set targets
  • Ensure attendance is well managed within the school, with the appropriate level of resources allocated
  • Enable the school setting to make informed use of attendance data to target interventions appropriately, focusing on the key demographic groups highlighted in the 2022 DfE paper

Objectives

  • Create an ethos within every education setting in which good attendance is recognised as the norm and every child/young person aims for excellent attendance
  •  Make attendance and punctuality a priority for all children and families
  •  Set focused targets to improve individual attendance and whole school attendance levels
  •  Embed the 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework which defines agreed roles and responsibilities and promotes consistency in carrying out designated tasks
  •  Record and monitor attendance and absenteeism, applying appropriate strategies to minimise absenteeism
  •  Develop a systematic approach to gathering and analysing relevant attendance data
  •  Provide support, advice and guidance to parents, children and young people and develop mutual cooperation between home and the school in encouraging good attendance and supporting identified attendance issues
  • Use a rewards-based system which recognises good attendance and punctuality are achievements

The Foundations approach will ensure St Christopher’s reports information to parents using a ‘days’ approach rather than ‘percentage’. The aim of this approach is to clarify expectations, and communicate more effectively with parents regarding absence from school.

The process attendance table (below) identifies the level of support a child will receive to prevent further school absence. This approach will allow the response to be proportional to days lost over the full school year and will allow the school to ensure any support is provided proactively and early.

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The DFE: Working Together to Improve School Attendance document has now replaced all guidance on school attendance.  Under the new guidance, educational settings are encouraged to share attendance information with parents.  We aim to share the attendance of your child every term alongside their learning levels and progress; we will also refer to bespoke terminology used within the DfE paper that parents should be aware of:

  • Persistent Absence – attendance of 90% or below is recognised as Persistent Absence (PA) and equates to 19 days missed over a school year.  Once a child has been absent for 19 days, or more, they will remain Persistently Absent for the remainder of the academic year
  • Risk of Persistent Absence – a child will be identified as Risk of Persistent Absence if their attendance falls between 10 to 18 days missed education during any period of the school year.
  • Severe Absence – any child who has an attendance of 50% or below will be classified as Severe Absence

We acknowledge that each family’s circumstances are different and we want to work with parents to provide the best education for every child. If you need to discuss this, then please do not hesitate to contact our Attendance Leader, Mrs Welton, or our Attendance Officer Ms Daci.

 

Absence because of illness

When deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school, ask yourself :

  • Is your child well enough to carry out the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home and consult your GP as appropriate
  • Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home
  • Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home

Most illnesses can be classified as one of a few minor health conditions. Whether or not you send your child to school will depend on how severe you judge the illness to be. This guidance can help you to make that judgement. If you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

Cough and cold

A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, your child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they’re feeling better.  If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP, who can provide guidance on whether the child should stay off school.

Raised temperature

If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they’re feeling better.

Rash

Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn’t attend school.  If your child has a rash, check with a pharmacist, GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.

Headache

A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult a pharmacist or GP.

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult a pharmacist or GP.

Sore throat

A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.

 

By law, only the head teacher can authorise your child’s absence. It is important to keep us informed if your child is going to be absent as soon as possible at the start of the day. Telephone us to tell us that your child will be staying at home. We will ask about the nature of the illness and the expected duration of absence from school. If your child is frequently absent due to illness we may request permission to contact your GP for confirmation that they are too ill to attend school. If it becomes clear that your child will be away from school for longer than expected, phone us to explain this as soon as possible.

If your child attends school and feels unwell during the school day then we will contact you to arrange collection.

 

Punctuality to school

The school day starts at 8.45am and children should arrive to school promptly at 8:30am and be ready for learning by this time.

Registers are taken at 8.45am; if your child is late their teacher will record the minutes late on the register. If your child arrives later than 8.45am, please sign them in at School Reception.

Children who are late for school miss out on vital learning at the start of the day and can quickly fall behind.  If a child is late by 5 minutes every day this adds up to 3 days lost learning a year, 15 minutes late is the same as being absent for 2 weeks in a year.