“Going to school regularly is important to your child’s future. For example, children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance shows potential employers that your child is reliable. Research suggests that children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime.”
At St. Bridget’s we aim to consistently work towards our goal of 96% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey the importance of regular, punctual attendance to pupils, parents and carers.
The Government sets a level of absence for each child of school age and if this falls below 90% they are classed as a ‘persistent absentee’. The Local Authority can take action if a child’s absence falls below this.
Our school is committed to providing the best possible quality of education to all learners. To help achieve this commitment, regular punctual school attendance is vital. We cannot do this without the support of our parents. We ask that they:
- are responsible for making sure their children attend school regularly.
- ensure that their children arrive on time for school every day.
- contact the school if their child is unable to attend.
- ensure that the school has up-to-date contact details.
- make appointments outside of school holidays, where possible
- do not take children out of school during term time to go on holiday
‘Celebrating Attendance’ assemblies are held every week on Fridays. There is a display in the hall with each year group, attached to a racing car at the starting line. The class who has the highest attendance at the end of the week will receive 3 moves along the track; the class in second place will receive 2 moves; and the class in third place will receive one move. The class who reaches the finishing line first, by the end of half term, will receive a whole class treat, such as a trip to Hartley’s for an ice-cream. The winning class at the end of each week will receive a certificate.
The school newsletter is used to highlight the importance of good attendance and punctuality. It includes sections reminding parents of our school attendance target and what that means in terms of number of days absent. It also includes information about any initiatives which the school is using to promote attendance and punctuality. Children who achieve 100% attendance each term will have their names printed in the newsletter.
End of Term Attendance Rewards
All children receive bronze, silver and gold attendance stickers for each term in which they have 95% or higher attendance. Bronze = 1 term, Silver = 2 terms and Gold = 3 terms high attendance. Those children who have 95% attendance at the end of year will be entered into a prize draw.
End of Term Letter to Parents
Children who are absent from school for more than 10% of the time are classed as 'persistent absentees'. At the end of every term Mrs Smith will write a letter to parents if their child has less than 90% attendance in school. It is important for school to communicate to parents about persistent absences as this can have a negative effect on a child's education. We endeavour to improve attendance across the whole school and to work with parents on achieving this.