My daughter is in Y9. We live just over a mile from the school, and she cycles. In the autumn 2010 term she got marked as late 11 times (which included mornings and afternoons) and we had a letter from the Head of Year. From January I started making her breakfast and getting her lunch things out for her to give her some help in the mornings, but I've just had another letter from school - from the HT this time - saying that this term she's been late 7 times (one afternoon, 6 mornings) and they want to see an immediate improvement. There was also a letter attached from an EWO, saying that if there wasn't an improvement that she would contact us to arrange a home visit.
The problem is of up to (but often less than) 5 minutes lateness btw, not anything that has an impact on lesson time.
My feeling is, that it's the school's problem. They don't take up the issue with her at school, apart from occasionally moaning at her. I don't see why they don't just give her detentions or use other sanctions. I'm not spending every morning in a battle to get her out of the house 5 minutes earlier - I did that for most of her first 2 years there and don't see why I should be the one left seething each day! - and think it should be the school providing the incentive to get there on time. If she ever gets a job, her employers aren't going to be complaining to me or her partner if she's not punctual!
Yes, she should just get up earlier and get out. It's not an unreasonable expectation. She's not late for other things; it's not that she's an unpunctual person, she just doesn't like mornings! And I am hopping mad at the moment for being scolded because of her failings. When I went to parents evening they didn't offer me any credit for her being good at maths - how come she's back to being MY child when they're pissed off with her?
Bah and grrr. I'm going to write to the school asking if they can punish her for lateness. And also whether they can keep me informed and talk to her about it on a weekly basis next term. Any other useful suggestions?