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Attendance and Why it Matters

Whilst I appreciate that young children, especially when starting school for the first time, do pick up bugs/illness I want to stress how important it is that children attend school every day that they are well enough to.  I have included some information that you may wish to consider next time you are thinking of keeping your child off school.

 

Poor attendance can seriously affect a child’s:

 

  • Attainment at school

  • Relationship with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships

  • Confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others

  • Good habits for life leading into the world of work

 

% attendance per year Number of days absent in a year  
% attendance per year Number of days absent in a year  
100% Excellent   Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best grades they can and will give them a good start in life.
Above 97% Very good 6 days absent Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best grades they can and will give them a good start in life.
95% Good 10 days absent Pupils with this attendance are likely to achieve their target grades and are well prepared for secondary school.
90% Unsatisfactory 19 days absent Pupils are missing a month of school per year and may fall behind in maths and literacy, it will be more difficult for them to achieve their best. Any child with less than 90% is classed as ‘Persistent Absence’ and will be monitored closely.
85% Serious Cause for Concern 29 days absent Pupils are missing 6 weeks of school (half a term). It will be difficult for them to achieve their best
80% or less More than 29 days absent 1 day every week. It will be almost impossible to keep up with work.

 

Should you wish to discuss this with me please let the school office know.

 

Sarah Pearce

Headteacher

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