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Monitoring School Attendance

Children attending on time every day, never feel left behind or that they have missed out.  Regular attenders are well settled, enagaged in their topics and aahieve their true potential.

Did you know?
Attendance around 80% is the same as missing one day per week.
Attendance around 80% is the same as missing week in every 5.
Attendance around 80% is the same as missing one whole school year by Year 5!

Why Is Attendance Important?

* Children learn new things and develop many skills

* There is a direct link between poor attendance and  poor academic performance

* Children need to establish good habits and routines  during the primary years – they will need this  discipline when they enter the workplace, this will  give them better career prospects

* Children miss more than just lessons when they  miss school – they miss their friends and social  skills development too

* As a parent – you are legally responsible for  ensuring that your child receives a full time  education.  (Failure to do this is an offence which  could lead to a fine, a prison sentence or a  community sentence)

Every School Day Counts

Days off school add up to lost learning

There are 365 days per year. There are 190 school days per year.

That leaves 175 days to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping, household jobs and appointments, other appointments.

 

So what do we expect?

* We would expect all of our children to have attendance of 95% or above.

* A pupil who has 80% attendance misses an average of one day a week; nearly 40 days in a year – approx 8 weeks of every year – that’s over 200 hours of learning missed!  It’s also…would you believe… the equivalent of a year off by the time a child is in Year 5!

Why Is Punctuality Important?

The school day starts at 8.55.  We encourage and welcome our children to come into school from 8.45, so that they are ready for the 8.55 start.

Children who miss the start of the day miss out on a crucial ‘settling down’ period – a chance to catch up on news with friends, share stories with their teacher, find their belongings, hang up their coats, enjoy some fruit, change reading books and prepare for a day of learning – lots of things.

If your child is just 5 minutes late every day – that adds up to over 3 days lost each year.

If your child is late by 15 minutes each day, that is the same as being absent for 2 weeks per year!