Attendance and why it matters

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 yearNumber of days absent in a year
% attendance per yearNumber 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 absentPupils with this attendance should achieve the best grades they can and will give them a good start in life.
95% Good 10 days absentPupils with this attendance are likely to achieve their target grades and are well prepared for secondary school.
90% Unsatisfactory 19 days absentPupils 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 absentPupils are missing 6 weeks of school (half a term). It will be difficult for them to achieve their best
80% or lessMore than 29 days absent1 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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– Anonymous

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