Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance is co-ordinated by Miss Audra Burton (Deputy Principal). The office staff work closely with Miss Burton on day to day conversations with parents, telephone calls, first day calling and sending letters.
Please remember that- Medical appointments should be made outside of school times where possible. Due to Friday afternoon celebration assemblies early collections of children will not be possible unless by prior arrangement and accompanied by a medical note.
The government has recently raised their persistent absence percentage to 90% and all schools/academies have to show that they have a robust system in place to track and support any attendance which falls below this level.
OUR ATTENDANCE TARGET IS 97% ( currently 95.9%) so we have some work to do, although we do aim in the long term for 100%.
The SOL attendance tracker is shared with every class each Monday morning and rewards or discussions are had accordingly.
Teachers monitor the attendance in their class carefully and any concerns are referred directly to Miss Burton.
We have evolved a system of rewarding attendance throughout the school which has resulted in good, sustained improvement and so we intend to maintain this at present:-
- Classes are rewarded each day if they have 100% attendance ( all children in and all on time) – class merit, marbles in jar,house points etc.
- Each week the attendance data is monitored and the 'Attendance Cup' is awarded to the class with the best attendance.
- 100% for the week results in extra playtime and biscuits
- Class competition is fierce between teachers and pupils alike and we actively encourage this.
The first or second week of each term is ATTENDANCE WEEK. This is a way of really focusing children on the importance of good attendance at the start of every term. A courtesy text is normally sent on the first day off attendance week as a reminder. All children with 100% attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the week.
Here is the Attendance Tracker to show how much time your child loses each time they are absent from school. To achieve 97% your child must not have more than 5 days absence in the academic year.
You can support us with this aim by doing the following things;
- Do not book holidays in term time.
- Make medical appointments after your child has had the morning or afternoon attendance mark and always return to school afterwards.
- Do not take your child out of school unless in exceptional circumstances.
- Always ring the school to let us know where your child is and why they are absent.
- Always encourage your child to attend, as sometimes the child saying they don’t feel well could mean they are just tired.
- If your child has been ill, encourage them to attend as soon as they are fit and able.
- Be punctual and set good routines, as persistent lateness will affect their attendance.