Daily Attendance

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.

Although School attendance is mandatory from the start of the Autumn Term (after school closures), there may be circumstances where pupils cannot attend School due to Corona Virus (Covid-19) such as, if they are required to self isolate. In the eventuality of an absence occurring as a consequence of Covid-19, schools will use a specific absence code.

All children should arrive at School at their allotted class times. See Drop and Pick Up Arrangements document here.

See Bourn Primary’s Attendance Policy

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 90% or below is identified as a persistent absentee.

At the end of each term, certificates will be awarded to those pupils who have achieved 100% attendance.

Please be aware that the attendance register closes at 9.20 a.m. 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.

Please see our Absence Page for more information about what to do when your child is ill or has a medical appointment, or for other applications for leave.