Why is attendance important?
Children and Young People must attend school full time to benefit from their education.
We as a school have a special responsibility to encourage full attendance – pupils who are not in school are not being educated and will not achieve their potential. This is both unsafe for the child or young person and is not acceptable legally and morally.
As a school we set targets for improving attendance every year. Our current targets are for attendance to be at least 93% and unauthorised absences no greater than 2%
Did you know???
90% attendance is like your child having a day off every 2 weeks.
80% attendance is like your child having a day off every week.
We believe pupils should be rewarded for good attendance. We have the following incentives for good attendance:
- Weekly certificates for pupils who achieve 100% attendance
- Termly prizes - Pupils who have weekly 100% attendance have their names entered in to a prize draw - the more times a child has 100% attendance the more likely they are to win the prize! Examples of prizes are: free bowling at Bowlplex, free sessions at Zoopla.
Parents are politely reminded it is their responsibility to contact the school on the first day of an absence. If parents do not contact the school, or if they give an unacceptable reason for the absence, the school will follow up absences in a fair way that is clear to all teachers, pupils and parents through the First Day Response (FDR) First Day Response is both critical for ensuring effective attendance; it also helps ensure that children are kept safe and that the school has discharged its duty of care. It is part of the school-wide attendance policy.
Why is Punctuality Important?
Being on time:
- leads to a good attendance record and means your child doesn't miss any morning notices;
- leads to better achievement because your child attends the WHOLE of their classes;
- leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;
- is very important indeed. Research shows that attendance and punctuality are the single most important factors in school success and
- sets positive patterns for the future.
All children are expected to be in school in good time for registration. The doors are open from 8:55am, and children should be in school by 9:05am.
What happens if your child is late?
- Our Education family Support Worker meets all children who are late at the main entrance every morning. Their names are recorded along with the reason for their lateness.
- If lateness persists then the school will make contact with home and try to resolve the issue offering support and or advice as required