Why is Attendance Important?
School education lays the vital foundations of a child’s life. Research clearly demonstrates the link between regular attendance and educational progress and attainment. Attending school every day will help your child learn, develop and achieve.
Good attendance builds confidence, friendship and ambition.
Parents and the school staff should work in partnership in making education a success and in ensuring that all children have full and equal access to all that the school has to offer. As a school, we will encourage parents and carers to ensure that their child achieves maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent this are identified and acted on promptly. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children arrive at school on time and return home safely.
We have to keep a record of all absences and report annually on the percentage of both authorised and unauthorised absences. The Headteacher makes the final decision as to whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised.
Leave of Absence
In line with the Government’s amendments to the 2006 regulations holidays during term time will NOT be authorised. The Headteacher and Governors have determined that:
- where leave of absence in term time is due to exceptional circumstances, an application form must be requested from the school office and submitted for consideration by the Headteacher on behalf of the school governors, no less than 3 weeks prior to the requested date.
- if leave is taken without prior authorisation by the school, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and Education Welfare will be notified.
There are 38 weeks in the pupil school year. Holidays taken during school time are disruptive to your child’s education.
What do the percentages mean?
Attendance can be thought of in three categories
Green Zone – Above 97%
Amber Zone – 92% - 96.9%
Red Zone – Below 92%
Did you know…?
90% attendance means that your child misses on average:
- One half day every week
- Nearly four weeks every school year
- Over one school year in a school career
2 weeks ‘Special Leave’ in term time every year with no other absences means that your child:
- Can only ever achieve 95% attendance, which is in the ‘Amber’ zone
- Will miss about two terms in a school career
Also being 5 minutes late every day means missing about 3 days of school every year.