Celebrating Good Attendance
Good attendance is a very high priority in our school and as such, we do our best to inform parents regularly about their child’s attendance and also to celebrate and reward those who attend well.
- Every term, parents will receive their child’s attendance report which will clearly show attendance for the term and the academic year so far
- An ‘attendance trophy’ will be awarded to the class with the best attendance record each week
- The class which achieves the most trophies during the term will be rewarded with a non-uniform day at the end of the term
In addition, the following attendance awards will take place each term:
- Children with 100% attendance records for the term will receive a gold certificate and gold badge which is theirs for the term
- Children with 99% attendance records for the term will receive a silver certificate and silver badge which is theirs for the term
- Children with 98% attendance records for the term will receive a bronze certificate
- We also have an ‘attendance goodie box’ with pencils, rulers, rubbers, notebooks etc, all with an ‘attendance theme’! Any child with a record of 98% or above will be able to choose an item from this box to keep.
Children who are awarded badges will, hopefully, wear them with pride for the following term. They will then be returned, unless of course, they earn another one!
At the end of the academic year, any child who has an attendance record of 100% for the entire year will be presented with a specially engraved trophy which is theirs to keep.
We are all very excited about these new initiatives and we hope they help to encourage good attendance, resulting in good progress, for all our children.
Information About School Attendance
School attendance is an extremely high priority in all schools across the country. Research shows that children who attend well make much better progress than those who don’t. Schools are inspected and judged on the attendance record of their pupils and as such, we are bound by strict guidelines which we are required to enforce. The following information sets out our expectations regarding the attendance of all our children:
Schools tend to have two main areas of weakness when it comes to attendance:
1. Children who frequently miss the odd day here and there. However, these absences eventually add up to a large number
2. Parents taking holidays in term time when they have not been authorised by the school
Our policy for Leave of Absence in Term Time, which is available from the school office and at the bottom of this page, clearly states that leave of absence will only be authorised in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and that leave should not be booked until it has been authorised. Children who take unauthorised holidays are recorded as unauthorised absences and this remains on their academic record.
Any attendance record of less than 85% is classed as ‘Persistent Absence’. Children on this list are also closely monitored by the Local Authority and they will intervene if attendance does not improve.
Children who miss school are affected in many different ways:
- They are clearly missing important learning which cannot be repeated
- Unfortunately it isn’t a case of ‘catching up with the work at home’ as much of the learning at Primary School takes place through group discussion and interaction, working together with class mates and teachers – this is not something that can be completed after the event
- When they return they will have to try and catch up with their peers who will have ‘moved on’ while they have been away
- This often results in a child feeling anxious and isolated – they feel as if they have ‘missed out’. Children who are away from school for a week often take up to a month to feel fully re-integrated back into their class
Clearly however, there are occasions when children are genuinely ill and they need to be at home. When this happens, please ensure you inform the school as soon as possible. We also require a written and signed note confirming the reason for your child’s absence which will be kept on file as evidence of authorised absence. Please also remember that any children who have been sick should remain away from school for 48 hours – this is a requirement from the Health and Safety Executive to prevent the spread of illness to others.
Who determines the school year?
The number of days in a school year is set down in legislation, this consists of 190 teaching days plus the equivalent of 5 continuing professional development days.
- Norfolk County Council sets the calendar for County and Voluntary Controlled Schools