Attendance

For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential.

We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils/ students and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school so successful. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.

It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital they are at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training

Attendance facts

 

Above 97%

Less than 6 days absence a year

Excellent attendance! Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best they can.

95%

Less than 10 days absence a year

Pupils with this attendance are more likely to achieve their targets at the end of the year.

90%

20 days absence over the year

Pupils with this attendance are missing approximately a month (20 days) of school per year and may fall behind in Maths, English and other subjects; it will be difficult for them to achieve their best.

85%

30 days absence over the year.

These pupils are missing approximately 6 weeks of school a year. It will be very difficult for them to keep up and achieve their best

80%

Pupils with this attendance are missing a day for every week of school.

It will be almost impossible to keep up with their work and achieve their best.

Overall Punctuality

Being late can mean.......

5 minutes late every day

3 days of school lost learning time a year

10 minutes late every day

6.5 days of school lost learning time a year

15 minutes late every day

10 days of school lost learning time a year

20 minutes late every day

13 days of school lost learning time a year

30 minutes late every day

19 days of school lost learning time a year

Overall attendance

Our target for the whole school is set by the government and the local authority and we are expected to reach at least 95% this academic year. Our whole school attendance for last academic year was 96.65%. We need to work hard at attendance to ensure that we stay on target.

Illness

We obviously recognise that there are times when children fall ill and of course we want them to remain at home when this is the case so they do not infect other children.

Just to remind you, your child must stay off school for 48 hours if they have suffered from sickness and/or diarrhoea. However, if your child has a minor complaint such as a runny nose, mild cough or mild sore throat, then they could attend school.

If you are unsure whether to send your child to school, please look here - we have lots of important information on there to assist you. 

We know that illness is unavoidable and to be expected. However, it is very important that you ring us every day that your child is absent from school, letting us know the reason why.

You would not need to ring every day if we know your child is going to be off for a specific amount of time. For example, after an operation, with chicken pox etc.

If you do not contact us, we will need to ring you, as part of our safeguarding procedures, to find out why your child is not at school.

Holidays and leave of absence in term time (taken from our attendance policy)

Amendments to school attendance regulations were updated and enforced from September 2013: (Pupil registration) (England) regulations state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  It is important to note that Headteachers can determine the length of the authorised absence as well as whether absence is authorised at all. 

The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, or unavoidable which means the event could not reasonably be scheduled at another time. There are no rules on this as circumstances vary from school to school and family to family. There is however, no legal entitlement for time off in school time to go on holiday and in the majority of cases holiday will not be authorised.

Parents/Carers wishing to apply for leave of absence need to fill in an application form (available from the School Office) in advance and before making any travel arrangements.

If term time leave is taken without prior permission from the school, the absence will be unauthorised and if the number of sessions absent hits the thresholds set down in Hampshire’s Code of Conduct parent/carers will be issued with a fixed-penalty fine, or other legal action in accordance the code.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children out during school time.

Rewarding good attendance

Currently, children who have 100% attendance each term receive a certificate (at the end of each term) and those who have 100% attendance over the academic year receive a special gold badge at the end of the year.

Since September, we have published the week’s attendance for each class in assembly – there is then a ‘class of the week’ for their attendance.