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. This is a more 'case by case' approach designed to take into account those children that may have vomited due to other reasons, (e.g. reflux, exerted themselves too much, ate too much birthday cake etc.) These are all reasons given within the last term, and we have allowed these pupils to return to school he next day.
Please click on the below link for the Public Health Agency's latest list of Common illnesses and their recommended period your child should refrain from school.
Interested in reading more about school attendance?
Take a look at the below links for some general reports and websites on attendance...
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 24 children who have less than 90% attendance and 7 children with less than 85% attendance. Obviously children can not help feeling/getting ill but this means that 8% 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 have gone 'live' this Summer Term.
Again we would like to thank those of you whose children's attendance is 98% or above.
Spring Term 2018 - Analysis
We finished the Spring Term with a whole school attendance rate of 95.2% for the term (last year was 95.3%), and 95.6% for this year to date, (last year was 95.1%.)
The week beginning the 19th February was a remarkable week, in that not only was it our best attended week in terms of attendance AND punctuality for the Spring Term, (only 15 pupils were late all week!), it also saw Miss Fenn's reception class get 100% attendance all week. For reception age children this is a fantastic effort considering this age group is more likely to suffer illness. Our best attended day was on the Friday of this week, and there was only 1 pupil late on this day!
Unfortunately the following week saw the worst weather we have seen in years, however we thank the 88% of you that made it into school on that snowy Thursday. Taking the 'snow days' out of the figures, our 1st day of term saw the worst attendance across the school, which was mainly due to families believing we were not sue back until the 4th January. There are a number of methods the school use to inform you of our school dates, (online calendar, website on our 'Parents and Carers' page, the newsletter, ParentMails, letters, Powerpoint in Reception), and so please familiarise yourself with our summer term dates.
A Year One class lost nearly a third of its pupils to a sickness bug in March, and so hopefully the school's increased efforts in reminding our children of the importance of good hygiene measures, along with some nicer weather into the Summer term will mean we leave those sickness bugs behind!
This Spring Term has seen less late pupils arriving after 8:45 am compared to the previous 4 years, (407 this year compared to 568 last year). We will continue to take a proactive approach to talking punctuality, by continuing to liaise with parents/ carers of pupils who are late on more than three occasions in any half term, to see how we can help them to improve their punctuality. We continue to issue an attendance Dojo point to all pupils that attend school punctually all week.
Summer Term 2018 - Analysis So far!
This term sees a welcome return to some better weather, and the second week back has seen the best weekly attendance since 2013. One day we only had 3 pupils off, and so hopefully this is a sure sign that those nasty flu bugs are staying away this term! May we remind you that Mrs Owen will continue to query any isolated minor symptoms that are reported ( e.g. head ache, temperature, sore throat,) and advice will be given to give your child appropriate medication and bring them to school.
If your child has had a pattern of absences over this year, any future absences may be unauthorised at the discretion of the school, any we request that if you have a medical appointment card/ text confirmation from the doctor/ prescription or similar, please show the ladies in reception or Mrs Owen so we can record that they have attended a medical appointment.
Please make every effort to make any routine medical appointments out of school hours or if not possible, towards the end of the school day so that they do not miss the most productive part of the day.
Last year we achieved 95% attendance for the summer term, can we beat that this Summer Term?!