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Sickness & Diarrhoea:

Please note if your child has been physically sick and/ or suffered with diarrhoea, we prefer children to refrain from school for 48 hours to avoid the spread of bugs. If your child has only been sick once and you are certain this is not a bug, (e.g. it is not coupled with any other symptoms)please contact the school and speak with Mrs Owen who will confirm if your child can return back to school any earlier.

 

 

 
 Attendance Matters:
As we look at how well children are making progress and achieving in their learning we have been struck once again by how much attendance impacts upon this. We have had a relatively mild winter yet we have seen some poor attendance figures for individual children. As parents many of the staff understand that it is not always easy to make that judgement as to whether a child should be in school and, of course, we would not want them here if they are ill; but there appears to be no reason why our attendance should be lower than any other school.
Each and every child in our school deserves to have the best education but we can only deliver it if they are here.
Please encourage your child to understand that Attendance Matters.

 

Attendance Information

 

Attendance Figures:

 

Yearly Percentage Attendance for the last 5 Years

2012 - 2013 94.76%
2013 - 2014 95.14%
2014 - 2015 95.7%
2015 - 2016 96%
2016 - 2017 95.2%

 

Autumn Term 2017 - Analysis

We finished our Autumn Term with a whole school attendance rate of 95.9%, an improvement on this time last year (95.6%.)

The week beginning the 13th November saw our best attended week (97.6% - well above the national average of 96.2%), however many cases of chicken pox along with a lot of sickness and diarrhoea towards the end of term meant our attendance slipped to only 92% the week beginning the 4th December.

Our best day for punctuality was the very first day of term on September 4th, closely followed by our school photo day.  

Unfortunately we saw an increase in the number of late pupils compared to the Autumn Term last year (2016 = 718, 2017 = 807) and so we will continue to call parents/ carers in for meetings with the family Worker and Attendance Officer if your child is late on 3 or more occasions within a half term, to see if we can work together to find a workable solution.

Our best day for attendance last Term was Wednesday 13th September with a wonderful 98.8% attendance rate.   Can we beat this in the Spring Term?

 

So what do the percentages mean?

Attendance / absence is presented as a percentage figure, but it'€™s helpful to equate this to number of days off:

 

98% = fewer than four days absent in a school year

95% = fewer than ten days absent in one school year

90% = 4 weeks absent in one school year (equates to a ½ day each week)

85% = 5.5 weeks absent in one school year (approaching a whole half-term in the school year)

80% = 7.5 weeks absent in one school year (equates to 1 day each week or a whole half-term in one year)

This means that if a child has between 80 and 85% attendance they will be absent over 1 complete academic year during their time in Primary School. The impact of this on a child's learning is obvious.

Currently the school has 30 children who have less than 90% attendance and 8 children with less than 85% attendance. Obviously children can not help feeling/getting ill but this means that 10% of our children had learning that was disrupted by absence so far this academic year.

Unless your child has a serious underlying condition or catches an infectious disease, we would not expect any child to have attendance below 98%.

Indeed our target this year is to achieve 96% attendance across the school and therefore, we are making some amendments to our Attendance Policy that will hopefully be 'live' in the Summer Term.    Details will be sent out to parents/ carers in due course.

Please help us help your children in improving attendance.

 

Again we would like to thank those of you whose children's attendance is 98% or above.