Good school attendance is vital for each child to reach their full potential. At The Drive Primary School we expect a minimum attendance of 96% over the school year for each pupil. Pupils who maintain good attendance can expect to receive rewards throughout the academic year.
Each half term we reward pupils who achieve 100% school attendance with a book to take home and share with their family.
It is no coincidence that higher attendance leads to higher academic achievement and the Department for Education expect that each pupil should achieve at least 96% school attendance. Over the last two years the attendance at The Drive has increased by well over 2% and we do not underestimate the impact that parental support has had in ensuring improved attendance. With your continued support we know that we can make further gains to build on these successes further.
When we have concerns regarding individual pupil attendance we will invite you into school to our newly established Attendance Panel. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child's school attendance and where appropriate punctuality. From this point we may take the following steps to improve your child's school attendance/punctuality:
There are still a few children who are arriving at school well after the start of the school day. Please can the parents of these children make an effort to get the children to school on time. When children are late for school they miss out on the start of the lesson and they often struggle to catch up on missed work, which makes it very difficult for children to finish a task to the best of their ability.
Our school day begins at 8.55am.
Please can we also ask that parents are here on time to pick up at the end of the school day, the school day finishes at 3:15pm.
Getting to school on time is part of learning to become a responsible and reliable person.
Result: You won't feel rushed and worried about being late for school, and you won't be missing what the rest of your class are learning!
Regular school attendance plays an important part in helping your child grow up to become a reliable and responsible person. There are now clear links between regular school attendance and children's attainment in later life.
Every Day Counts
365 Days in
|ONLY 190 are school days!||Absence|
|100% Attendance||190 days in school||0|
|95% Attendance||180 days in school||Up to 2 weeks|
|90% Attendance||171 days in school||Up to 4 weeks|
|85% Attendance||161 days in school||Up to 6 weeks|
|80% Attendance||152 days in school||More than 1/2 a term|
|75% Attendance||143 days in school||9+ weeks absence|
Danger Zone: While GCSE's may seem along way off, as few as 19 missed days over the school year may reduce your child's chances of sucess.
We aim for every child to achieve at least 96% attendance.
Our whole school attendance target is to achieve 96.5% or above.