Attendance and Punctuality Bulletin 

We apply 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 

Punctuality 

Are you Here On Time? 

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 Inclusion Officer 

We will make referrals to the Education Inclusion Officer where appropriate if further action is required. 

Attendance reward 

 Each week, one child’s name will be chosen at random in Whole School assembly and if that child has attended every day and on time the previous week they will win themselves a £10 voucher.  

Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances 

Reminder – Leave of Absence in Term Time 

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. 

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