Watchlytes Primary

Creativity, Inspiration and Achievement

Attendance

Attendance Matters

 

Attending school every day = 100% attendance.

 

At Watchlytes Primary School, we expect pupils to attend every day that the school is open unless a reason acceptable to school is given and we are able to authorise absence. 

 

Attendance is extremely important and impacts on the children's learning. The national average for the last few years has been 96%. 

 

Please see the forms below to help you understand that "Every second counts!"

 

Percentage

%

How much school have you missed?

School Days

School Weeks

99

1

 

97

5

1

94

10

2

92

15

3

89

20

4

86

25

5

84

30

6

81

35

7

78

40

8

 

Every Minute Counts!

Minutes late each school day

5 minutes

3 days lost!

10 minutes

6.5 days lost!

15 minutes

10 days lost!

20 minutes

13 days lost!

30 minutes

19 days lost!

 

Monitoring Attendance

  • Our Admin Assistant Mrs Whatley monitors attendance with the Headteacher. They collate data daily, monthly and termly to ensure that we monitor children's attendance. This is analysed and used to inform actions and our Attendance Action Plan.
  • These are some groups that are checked: Classes; Children under 90% (Persistent Absence); Boys vs Girls; Vulnerable Pupils who are identified through child protection or safeguarding; Children arriving late. 

 

Sickness and Medical Absence

  • It is very important that you call school to let us know the reason for your child's absence. You can call anytime and if there is no reply you can leave a message. If your child is not registered in class, we will call or text you. If you do not reply to these messages, the absence will be 'unauthorised'. We will follow the Attendance Policy to ensure that actions are taken in accordance with safeguarding.

Unauthorised absence

  • If your child is not at school and we do not know why this will be unauthorised. These absences are not good and can lead to formal meetings in school and Local Authority intervention. 

 

Holidays during term time

  • All holiday requests will not be authorised by the school and this could lead to Penalty Warning letters or fines. 

 

Keeping Parents and Carers informed

  • We provide parents with our Pupil Attendance Chart at parent's evening and as part of our final Pupil Reports. This chart gives a really good picture of what good attendance and poor attendance looks like, 90% is not good as the child is missing 4 school weeks in 1 year.

 

Click here for the Watchlytes Attendance Leaflet