Why Good attendance is important.
As a parent or carer you will want your child to have the best start that they possibly can. Nowadays it is even more important than it has ever been to have a good education behind you if you want opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly.
If your child does not attend school regularly they may not be able to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for us to find opportunities for children to catch up with work they have missed because they have been away.
It’s not just work that children miss when they are absent from school, but the social side of things too. Missing a lot of school can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.
Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help your child later on. Employers want to recruit people who are reliable. So children who have a poor attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.
There are only 40 teaching weeks in the school year
Missing six days every term of every year is the same as missing one whole school year
95% attendance sounds good, but means that you are taking one day off a month
Would you think it was acceptable if your teacher did not come to school to teach you for a week because she had gone on holiday in term time?
Parents can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 if you have more than 10.5 days unauthorised absence in any one term.
Parents and pupils can expect the following from school:
Regular, efficient and accurate recording of attendance.
Early contact with parents when a pupil fails to attend school without providing good reason.
Immediate and confidential action on any problem notified to us.
(Confidential means that the member of staff notified will not disclose that information to anybody unless safeguarding guidelines require them to do so.)
A quality education
A system to reward good attendance to include the following;
Pupils who achieve 100% attendance will receive a certificate for the term and the year.
The use of a weekly class attendance trophy to encourage and reward best attendance.
All awards will be awarded by the Head Teacher and/or a school governor.
Term time absence
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