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Attendance

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

Year              

ONLY 190 are school days!           

Absence                 

100% Attendance        

190 days in school           

0 days            

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

 

We aim for every child to achieve at least 96% attendance. 

 

Our whole school attendance target is to achieve 96.5% or above.

 

 

 

 

Punctuality

Getting to school on time is part of learning to become a responsible and reliable person.

 

  • Our school day begins at 8:55am

  • If you are running late please telephone the school office on 0191 4210390  

  • On arrival at school, please report to the school office so that your child can be marked in the register

 

10 TOP TIPS for getting to school on time!

  • get your school clothes ready the night before

  • pack your schoolbag and homework the night before

  • don't go to bed late

  • set the alarm clock/mobile phone 5 minutes earlier

  • enjoy your breakfast

  • don't watch television

  • get washed and dressed

  • leave for school at the same time each morning (set yourself a target time to leave the house and reward yourself for being on time!)

  • arrange to walk to school with a friend or,

  • arrange to meet your friends in the playground for a catch up before school

 

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!

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. 
 

When we have concerns regarding individual pupil attendance we will invite you into school to our 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:

 

  • Place your child's school attendance on a four week monitoring period with a view to seeing an improvement

  • Contact your child's GP,  with your consent,  to establish if your child has medical needs which may prevent them from attending school

  • With your consent,  make a referral to the school nursing team, to put in place a care plan to help establish good patterns of school attendance/punctuality

  • Where we feel, we have exhausted all supportive options, we will look to refer your child's school attendance to the Local Authority with a view to securing a fine or prosecution in the Magistrate's Court

 

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