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Let’s continue to work together to improve attendance!

Attendance figures to date in 2016/2017 for each class:




Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


% to date









Congratulations to Year 5 you are well on track with your overall attendance. You seem to have escaped from the horrible sickness and cold bugs which unfortunately some of the pupils in the other classes have been affected by. Let's hope that now Spring is on it's way, with warmer weather we can keep the bugs        at bay!                


Please note:

  • Family holidays, re-unions, special birthdays and other family events are NOT considered exceptional circumstances.
  • Unauthorised attendances will be on your child’s school report.


If your child’s class win the attendance award they are allowed to select an activity from their agreed list.


  1. School registers are taken at 9am and at 1.15pm. If your child is not in attendance at that time your child will be marked as absent. If they arrive after this time up until 9.15 they will be marked as late for that day. Lateness can really affect a child’s progress, especially when they arrive half way through a lesson. Most classes start with numeracy and so being late means your child has missed the input and explanation for that session.

Lateness adds up

5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost each year

10 minutes late = 6 and half days lost each year

15 minutes late = 10 days lost each year

20 minutes late = 13 days lost each year

30 minutes late = 19 days lost each year

Please be on time!

Arriving half way through a session often means your child has missed a vital part of the input!


Persistent Absentees

If your child’s attendance dips below 90%, then this is considered as a persistent absence. You will receive a warning letter that your child’s attendance has dipped and it will be closely monitored by our Inclusion Lead. If no improvement is seen then you will be invited to an attendance panel meeting to discuss ways to get your child’s attendance back in line with Government expectations and any support that you may need to do this.



Why is your child's attendance important?


School target attendance percentage for each child is a minimum of 96.5%. Where pupils fall below this % the school has a legal responsibility to take further action which can result in referral to the Educational Welfare Officer, the Police or Local Authority Penalty Fines being issued.


Your child’s attendance percentage falls below 90% the school attendance team will monitor the reasons for this and take the appropriate action. You will be asked to attend a panel meeting with the attendance panel to discuss this further and may have to agree an attendance contract. Should your child’s attendance fall below falls between 90% and 96.5% your child will be marked as a concern and the appropriate action taken.


Good attendance is strongly associated with higher attainment, both at primary and secondary levels. Pupils who miss school are at increased risk of falling behind and becoming disengaged, leading in some cases to further absence and resulting all too often in poor progress and unfulfilled potential which continues throughout their educational life and beyond.


A press release issued by The Department for Education on 22 February 2015 highlights the finding that primary-school pupils missing up to just 14 days of school in KS2 (over years 3,4,5 & 6) are a quarter less likely to achieve level 5 or above in reading, writing or maths tests than those with no absence. Studies have found that KS2 pupils who have difficulties with learning, become disengaged or lack educational confidence and/or achievement can attribute them to absences in learning in KS1 where the foundations of all learning are set.


Lateness can also impact on a child’s wellbeing and their learning achievements and have a negative impact on their school life. A child who is late to class will often have trouble settling in and find the disruption to routine and learning stressful. This will also disrupt the other children from learning in the class which can have an impact on building friendships and peer interactions.

Attendance booklet for parents - September 2016

Missing days