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Attendance

Every Day Counts!

 

90% attendance = ½ day missed every week

80% attendance = 1 day missed every week

1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed

1 school year at 80% attendance = 8 whole weeks of lessons missed

90% attendance over 5 years = ½ a school year missed!

80% attendance over 5 years = 1 whole school year missed!

 

The BETTER the attendance,

the GREATER the achievement!

 

The Local Authority have set us a target of 96% attendance for this academic year.

 

Keep checking the weekly newsletter to see how we are doing.

Attendance and Punctuality

 

"Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school."

DFE website.

 

Attendance

If your child is absent due to illness please phone the school office and leave a message, on each morning of the absence. If the school considers the level of attendance to be of concern we will request medical evidence for each absence in order to avoid each missed session being recorded as unauthorised. Any requests for term time leave should be put in writing to the Headteacher, Mrs Duggan.

"Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a Headteacher grants leave, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school".

This leave, however, will not be granted for the purposes of a family holiday.

 

Punctuality

School gates open at 8.45am and we expect all children to be present in class by 8.55am.

It is MOST important that the children are able to begin their day calmly and on time. Registration takes place immediately when pupils have entered the classroom. This is often the time when teachers give them notices and information. We thank all those parents whose children are on time. If your child is late, their lateness may be marked as unauthorised for that session. The Educational Welfare Officer tracks any late arrivals to check for patterns of poor punctuality, those families causing concern will be contacted and asked to attend a formal meeting.

Persistent absence from school is a serious problem. Research quoted on the DFE website shows that:

  • Of pupils who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve five  A*to Cs including English and maths.
  • of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35%manage to achieve five A* to C GCSE's including English and maths.
  • Of pupils who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths.
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