School Attendance Matters
We like to work closely with our parents and carers to further improve attendance and punctuality in our school. We know that many of you appreciate how crucial good school attendance is to your child’s progress, achievement and chances in life and would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those parents who always ensure their children attend school regularly and arrive on time.
Our target is for every child to achieve OVER 96% attendance (this is equivalent to a pupil being absent for less than 7 days during the year). This level of attendance will ensure that every child has the best chance to reach their full potential.
Why does attendance and punctuality matter?
Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school. There is a clear link between attendance and pupil achievement. Good attendance and punctuality are essential if you want your child to:
- Make lots of friends and feel included
- Learn new things and develop many skills
- Increase their confidence and self-esteem
- Improve their social skills
- Make good progress and achieve their potential
Our school target for attendance is 96%. We will send home your child’s attendance each half term so you can easily keep track of their attendance rate. In discussions with the Educational Welfare Service, we have introduced the following guide for parents:
How can we improve our attendance rate?
As parents, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your child attends school regularly. Any child who is absent from a session of school must have their absence recorded as being authorised or unauthorised. Each year there are 190 school days. This leaves an additional 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore, the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for any of these reasons.
Where attendance is a concern, we will work closely with parents and our Educational Welfare Officer to give as much support and advice as we can.
Holidays during term time
Amendments by the government to regulations made it clear that Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless it is for exceptional circumstances. If you are taking your child out of school for any reason other than illness or a medical appointment, a ‘leave of absence form’ must be completed well in advance. The school will consider the reasons for the request carefully and will notify you of the decision within 5 days. The Local Authority may issue a fixed penalty fine to each parent for each child absent when holiday is taken without authorisation.
In discussions with the Educational Welfare Service, we have introduced the following guide for parents:
Our school target for attendance is 96%. We will send home a copy of your child’s registration certificate showing their attendance each half term so you can easily keep track of their attendance rate.
Attendance over one school year
If a pupil had:
98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school
95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school
90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school
85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school
80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school
What we would like parents/carers to do to support us:
*Contact the school promptly to report an absence
Please phone school between 8.30am-9.00am to let us know the reason why your child will not be attending school.
*Make medical and dental appointments outside of school hours
Where possible do not arrange non-emergency doctors, medical or dental appointments during school hours. If this is not possible, please try to arrange appointments during the afternoon session.
*Please ensure your child arrives at school on time each day
Please make sure your child is at school at 8:45am. Pupils who arrive after the start of the school day will be marked as late which can count as an unauthorised absence.
Remember: S.A.M. - School Attendance Matters!
If you have any queries or concerns about attendance or punctuality matters or would like us to support you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to continuing to work with you all to ensure that children’s attendance is the very best it can be to give them the very best chances in school and beyond.