Attendance

Attendance and Punctuality Bulletin

As we have reached the halfway point of the school year, I would like to make every family aware of their child’s attendance record to date.

We are now applying the following method to monitor attendance:

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System

At Willoughby Road Primary Academy our target is 96%

Green - 95% or above - NO ACTION REQUIRED
Amber - 90% - 94% - PUPILS WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND PARENT/CARER INFORMED
Red - Below 90% - REFERRAL TO EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICER

Did you know...

96% attendance is:

  • 8 days absence per year from school
  • the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years

95% attendance is:

  • 10 days absence per year from school
  • 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child's primary school education

90% attendance is:

  • 19 days absence per year from school
  • 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career

Your child’s attendance certificate is attached showing their current percentage.  If there are any ‘N’ codes (no reason yet provided for absence) and you have not yet provided a reason to the school office, please ensure this is updated as soon as possible.  Otherwise the absence will be recorded as an unauthorised absence

Punctuality

Are you Here On Time?

I am extremely concerned by the number of pupils regular arriving late at school.

Lateness not only affects your child's education - it doesn't allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Being frequently late for school means lost learning:

- Arriving 5 minutes late everyday adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 19 days a year

The register will close at 9.15am and so anyone arriving after this will receive an unauthorised absence mark.

Education Welfare Officer

Some of you will already have had contact with our Education Welfare Officer, Pam Charlton.  We will make referrals to Pam where appropriate if further action is required.

Attendance reward

After half term we will be introducing a reward system for behaviour. Each week, one child’s name will be chosen at random in Whole School assembly on a Monday and if that child has attended every day and on time the previous week they will win themselves a £10 voucher.  The first draw will be on February 29th - Good Luck!

Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances

Reminder – Leave of Absence in Term Time

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that in September 2013, regulations were amended to prohibit the Headteacher of a school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If the Headteacher grants a leave request it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. 

Leave of absence during term time interrupts continuity of teaching and learning, disrupts the educational progress of individual children and creates disruption in schools.  Promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the Government’s strategy to raise educational standards. In order for children to reach their full potential and access the learning opportunities available to them, children must attend school regularly. 

As a parent/carer you are required by law to ensure that your child attends school regularly.

Leave of absence during term time is not an entitlement and will not be granted for the sole purpose of a family holiday.  Permission may only be granted by the Headteacher of the school in exceptional circumstances.   The parent with whom the child normally resides must provide evidence relating to the exceptional circumstances and include this when completing the leave of absence request form.  Retrospective consent will not be given.  Each request will be considered on the exceptional circumstances detailed on the application form. 

Any absences taken without the Headteacher’s permission will be recorded as unauthorised in the school register and may result in a Penalty Notice or other legal intervention by the Education Inclusion Service.

Yours sincerely
Elaine Jupp - Head of Academy