Attendance & Punctuality
Don’t miss a moment of the greatest years of your life! At Whitefield Community Primary School we know that regular attendance is directly linked to raising achievement and develops skills for life and work. Please support the school in this by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and arrives ready to learn and on time at 8.40 am. Analysis of the KS2 SAT’s clearly shows that the children regularly late score LOWER than those children who complete their EARLY BIRD everyday. Being 20 minutes late every day means you miss 100 minutes of Maths every week. Multiply this by 39 weeks a year = 3900 minutes missed a year. Basically this is 65 hours missed a year!
Primary national pupil attendance is around 96%. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 177 out of 190 days to meet national expectations.
Understanding types of absence
Every ½ day absence from school, by law, has to be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of absence is always asked for. Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason such as illness, medical appointments and emergencies. An absence is classified as Unauthorised, if the reason was not recognised as acceptable. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as what is acceptable and what is not. Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:
- A birthday
- A shopping trip
- Day trips
- Holidays – unless have been agreed as exceptional circumstances
What should I do if my child is absent from school?
- Contact the school office on the first morning before and notify us of the absence and provide a reason.
- School will phone on Day 1 of an absence and do a home visit after 2 days.
It is very important that all children arrive on time. If your child arrives late, they will not be able to come into school via usual morning entrance doors but should instead come through the main school entrance. We will then be able to mark registers and ensure your child is marked for a school dinner. Please note that if your children arrives at school later than 9:30, we are required to mark them as absent for that half day session. If children are regularly late, a parent will be expected to attend a meeting to look at how punctuality can be improved.
Promoting Attendance and Support
We believe that working together with parents is the best way to result in positive attendance outcomes for our children. We have lots of high profile rewards and systems in school to promote good attendance and punctuality with the children. All classes above 95% attendance that week get to roll the dice on our ‘Classopoply’ board where they can win prizes such as Juice and Biscuits in the Garden; Dodgeball; DVD… and if they roll well; they can win a lesson with ME. Certificates and prizes are given termly in recognition of good attendance and improved attendance. Amazon very kindly sponsor this initiative donating a termly Kindle. Our Head of Safeguarding, Mrs Garrett is happy to work with both children and families to improve attendance and punctuality. Come and talk to us if you are having problems.
As attendance and punctuality is so important to us, we cannot be complacent where there are instances of unacceptable, low pupil attendance, or if pupils are regularly late to school. Bury is keen that we adopt measures and involve external agencies if the level of attendance requires us to do so. A computer generates reports termly and letters are sent to ALL parents where attendance is below 90%.
Weekly Attendance Figures