Welcome to our Attendance pages. We hope that the information we share is both of interest and use.
Let's begin by addressing the simple but vital issue of why school attendance is so important.
Being in school is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development. Evidence shows that the pupils with the highest attendance throughout their time in school gain the best results. Research found that pupils who performed better both at the end of primary and secondary school missed fewer days than those who didn’t perform as well.
Being around teachers and friends in a school or college environment is the best way for pupils to learn and reach their potential. Time in school also keeps children safe and provides access to extra-curricular opportunities and pastoral care.
Every moment in school counts, and days missed add up quickly. For example, a child in Year 4 who is absent for three days over a half term could miss 15 lessons in total. The higher a pupil’s attendance, the more they are likely to learn, and the better they are likely to perform in exams and formal assessments.
That’s why school attendance is so important and why our school is committed to tackling the issues that might cause some children to miss school unnecessarily.
If there is any further advice, guidance, support or information you require, we are always more than happy to help.
Whole School Attendance
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|Terms 1&2 Average
|Terms 3&4 Average
|Terms 5&6 Average
|Days missed in the year
|Lessons missed in a year
|What does this mean?
|97% - 100%
|Excellent Attendance - all pupils should aim to be in this group
|Up to 5 days
|Up to 25
|96% - 96.9%
|Expected Attendance, within Government targets
|Up to 7 days
|Up to 35
|94% - 95.9%
|Falling Below Expected Attendance
|Up to 11.5 days
|Up to 57
|90.1% - 93.9%
|Below Expected Attendance – risk of underachievement increases as attendance falls
|Up to 18 days
|Up to 90
|90% or below
|Attendance below this level is classed as Persistent Absence and will seriously increase the risk of underachievement
|19 days or more
|95 or more
The school must:
Record attendance of each pupil for both morning and afternoon sessions
Follow up absences and identify authorised/unauthorised absences
Ensure any safeguarding actions are taken
The parents must:
Ensure their children attend school on time each day
Inform the school of any reasons for a child’s absence on the first day of absence and each day there after until their child returns
Avoid taking any holidays in term time
Attendance procedures at St Michael's CofE First School
The school day begins at 8.50am and electronic registers are taken between 8:50am and 9.00am and at the start of the afternoon session each day
Any pupil arriving between 9:01 and 9:05 am will be marked as late
Any pupils not present after this time will be marked as 'late after registers close'
All late pupils need to report to the school office and sign in
The office must be notified of any absence before 9am
If an absence is not reported the school office will contact the parents/guardians from 9:15am onwards
All attendance calls are recorded
Where there are safeguarding concerns, the attendance call is logged onto CPOMs
Pupil attendance is monitored weekly
Staff Roles – all staff in school act as role models to the children and should have excellent attendance and punctuality themselves.
Headteacher and school administration ensures registration procedures, monitoring of attendance and punctuality, clear record keeping, parent letters and referrals to appropriate staff/Education Welfare Officer are made.
Class teachers promote good habits of attendance. They will remind pupils and speak to parents regarding any concerns in the first instance. They will also communicate concerns via CPOMs
Middle/senior leaders incorporate teaching about good attendance into regular assemblies. Mike the Mammoth is awarded to the class with the best attendance of the week. At the end of each half term children who have attendance that is 97% or above receive certificates. Children with 100% at the end of each term are invited to have high tea with the Headteacher
Pupil progress meetings are held each half term with class teachers and senior leaders. Any child with attendance concerns is raised at this meeting and appropriate actions put in place.
Any child with attendance concerns are recorded onto CPOMs
Senior leaders, the CEO and governors monitor the schools attendance data and look for any specific patterns or concerns so that appropriate actions can be taken.
Headteacher signs any requests for leave of absence and makes the decision to authorise absences if there are exceptional circumstances.
As part of our monitoring of attendance we conduct regular attendance audits. If we are concerned about your child’s attendance and the percentage drops to 90% or below we will contact you for an informal discussion about this and explore the reasons that are preventing your child from attending well. There are occasions when we will seek that support of the EWO (education welfare officer) if we are unable to resolve poor attendance and where we are concerned that poor attendance is a barrier to good educational outcomes.