Having good attendance at school is vitally important for all children. Every day there is new and repeated learning and if children miss this learning either in blocks of absence of patterns of occasional days off, then it is hard for them to catch up. Poor attendance is linked to poor progress and means that children will lose confidence and not achieve their full potential.
Sometimes children are too ill to come to school, especially if they have a high temperature, sickness or diarrhoea. When this happens, we ask that all Parents ring school and let us know so that we know where your child is. Keep in touch and absences can be recorded properly.
The Government expects schools to review every child's attendance at school. We do this each half term.
The expectation for good attendance is attendance over 96%.
We look at each child's attendance and colour code them like this:
100% EXCELLENT attendance
School will always work in a supportive way with parents, recognising that there might be many reasons why attendance needs improving. Issues can include ongoing health conditions, mental health and well being of child or parent, distance to travel or lack of family support. Sometimes the issue may lie in friendship issues or a misunderstanding that when discussed, can be resolved. Our Family Liaison Worker can offer support and we can always provide signposting to Early Help services or to our School Nurse, who visits us each week.
Working together, we can ALWAYS improve attendance.
A few things to note:
ARTICLE 28: ALL CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION AND TO GO TO SCHOOL