Attendance Matters - Next week, I will be meeting with the Governors to explore progress towards our school improvement objectives and matters linked to school leadership and management. One of the key areas which they monitor is school attendance.
Good school attendance is crucial to success in school. There is a direct link between school attendance and outcomes in statutory tests. In short, every school day matters. It is important to only keep your child home from school if there really is no other option. Teaching staff plan lessons which build over time and once a lesson is missed it is unlikely to be revisited in the same way. When lessons are missed it puts the child in the difficult position of having to make up the time and catch up on missing knowledge. They might miss a crucial part of the class story or the beginning of a topic or the introduction to a new type of calculation. In the younger years, the child might miss key sounds in phonics which will have an impact on their reading and writing development. The children will revisit key skills and knowledge and repetition is essential to learning but if a child is always playing ‘catch-up’ it makes their time in school so much harder. We expect our children to have an attendance of around 96% by the end of July. Any attendance below 90% is classed as a persistent absence and is a cause for concern. Our current persistent absentees are mostly children who have enjoyed a term-time holiday as well as a few days sickness and this has caused their attendance to drop significantly. If you know that this could be your child please do your very best to ensure that any further absence is minimized. This will help your child to catch up on missed learning and help our school maintain good overall attendance figures, which are part of the criteria for a GOOD OFSTED grading.
Please note the following are not reasons to be absent from school:
coughs and colds
aches and pains in muscles and joints
the illness of a parent or sibling.
If in doubt please phone and ask in the office. If your child is genuinely unwell you will be contacted to take them home. Please try and make medical appointments outside school hours and bring your child back to school after appointments have taken place.