Admission and Attendance
Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School has places for 90 pupils in reception and 40 part time pupils in nursery each year. All admissions are controlled by the Local Authority. Applications for places in the Nursery and the school have to be made online within a specified admission period. All information and dates are on the Local Authority website at www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Parents of children with SEN or disabilities can find further information in the 'The SEN Information Report'.
Please note that nursery parents need to apply for a place in the reception class as the transfer to school is not automatic. The admission criteria for Nursery are not the same as for the school. This is explained on the Authority web site.
Our children transfer to Banks Lane Junior School at the end of Year 2.
Strong transition programmes exist between the school and our children transfer to the Juniors well prepared and confident.
Attendance, Absence & Punctuality
Our attendance policy is available on the school website. Working together to achieve daily, punctual school attendance is central to ensuring a well-integrated, confident child with a keenness to learn in the school environment.
Punctuality is extremely important. Late arrival at school may adversely affect your child’s educational achievements and cause disruption for not only your child but general school and class activities. School doors are closed at 9.00am for the safety of our children. If you are unavoidably late for school you are required to sign your child in at the main entrance, providing a reason for lateness. Arrivals after 9.30 am must be marked as unauthorised absences.
If a child is absent from school a telephone call is required on the first day of absence, ideally before the start of the school day. In the event you child has an episode of vomiting and/or diarrhoea the recommended period of absence from school is 48 hours beginning from the last episode.
Where permission for an absence during term time is requested a ‘Leave of Absence request’ (available in the school office) must be sent to the Headteacher explaining the reason for the request. Holidays in term time do not qualify as exceptional circumstances and cannot be authorised by the school. Term time unauthorised holidays may result in a Local Authority fixed penalty fine of £60 (rising to £120 if unpaid within 21 days) per parent per child.
Mrs Murphy, our Learning Mentor works closely with our Education Welfare link worker, Lorraine Goulson to monitor attendance.
Our whole school and individual pupil target for attendance is 97%
Absence Data for Key Stage 1 September 2017 to May 2018
Attendance percentages made easy
Attendance Percentage Days absent from school over a full academic year
100% Zero days absent
97% 5.5 days absent
95% 9.5 days absent
93% 13 days absent
90% 19 days absent
88% 22 days, equivalent to over 4 weeks absence
85.5% 27 days, equivalent to over 5 weeks absence
The staff cannot be held responsible for children on the premises outside of school hours. An adult should accompany children to and from school. Children will not be released from school without an identified adult present. The security of our children is the highest priority. Digital locks are provided to all doors and a visitor’s book is in the entrance foyer. A security fence surrounds the perimeter of school.
Dental or Hospital Treatment
If it is known a child will be absent due to a visit to the doctor or dentist, please inform the school office and class teacher in advance. Please ensure that the child is collected and returned to school by a responsible adult and signed out and in to the building. Please attempt to make appointments outside of school hours wherever possible.
Welfare and Safeguarding
The welfare and safety of our children is of paramount importance. We have rigorous safeguarding procedures to follow if a child is considered to be at risk. Parents are asked to sign a safeguarding agreement when the child starts school.
Under the Stockport Families initiative, we work closely with our named link social worker, Lauren Jackson and School Age Plus worker, Darren Al-Amiley. Mrs Murphy, our school based learning mentor also works with a range of services and agencies and is available most mornings in the main entrance hall for parental support and advice.
School is an inclusive community that is supportive to children with medical needs. We work closely with the Nursing Service and staff are trained to deal with a range of needs in partnership with parents. It is vital that all medical conditions are shared with the school before children start so that individual health plans and other medical arrangements can be put into place. We do not have facilities to store antibiotics on the premises but parents are welcome to come into school and administer regular medication.
Ruth Brown, our school nurse, visits school and is pleased to help parents with health related matters. She is available at Hazel Grove Health Centre.