Daily attendance at school is important for children to succeed in education and to ensure that they don’t fall behind, both socially and developmentally. We expect all pupils on roll to attend every day when the School is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy to do so.
All children should arrive at School between 8.40 a.m. and 8.55 a.m. every day.
We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards School. To this end, we strive to make our School a happy and rewarding experience for all pupils. We will also make the best provision we can for those pupils who, due to exceptional circumstances, are prevented from coming to School.
School participation maximises life opportunities for children by providing them with education and with support networks. They develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community and that help them to make the most of life opportunities.
There are 190 days in a school year and each day consists of two sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), which means there is a total of 380 sessions in a year. If a child’s attendance is at 90%, this is equivalent to 4 weeks’ (40 sessions) absence from school, which equates to a huge amount of learning time lost. Pupils who fall into this category (including both authorised and unauthorised absences) are monitored by the School’s Education Welfare Officer. It can be very easy for attendance to slip with a few days here and there for minor illness.
Each half-term the Head Teacher meets with the School’s Education Welfare Officer to discuss pupil attendance. Any pupil whose attendance is recorded at 95% or below is identified as a persistent absentee. Individual letters will be sent to parents/carers of pupils whose attendance is under 95%.
At the end of each academic year those pupils achieving 100% attendance throughout the year receive a certificate and book token. In addition, at the end of each term, certificates will be awarded to those pupils who have achieved 100% attendance for that term only.
Please be aware that the attendance register closes at 9.00am and any pupil arriving after this time is marked with an unauthorised absence for the morning session. Being absent from School has an impact on friendships, on confidence and on learning progress.
At School, every day is a learning day and, unless they are unwell, it is really important that children attend school regularly.