Attendance is one of the main areas we are working on as part of our school improvement plan.
For the past two years, understandably, our attendance figures have dropped considerably as a result of national lockdowns, school closures, periods of self isolation and class bubble closures.
Things improved to a certain extent during 2021/2 when the government guidelines shifted to allow class bubbles to continue working even when a member of that class tested positive for COVID-19.
However, we are still some way below the figures we were achieving before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Now that national restrictions are being lifted, we want to return to an embedded culture that school attendance is non-negotiable and that pupil illness only should be a reason for staying at home.
So far this school year, since 1st September 2021, up to 22nd February 2022 our whole school attendance figure currently stands at...
and we are aiming to achieve an attendance figure of...
97% attendance equates to 3% absence. With 190 school days within the year, 3% absence is the same as SIX DAYS OFF per year. That’s one day each half term. Currently, only 35% — approximately one-third of the school — have at least 97% attendance.
Individual children who drop to an attendance figure of 90% are classed as persistent absentees and our Education Welfare Officer will become involved. Currently, 23% — almost one quarter of the school — have less than 90.0% attendance.
An Education Welfare Officer, known as an EWO, is a local government official whose job is to make sure all school-age children are sufficiently educated.
Promoting Good Attendance
Starting soon, we will be rewarding children and classes who contribute to our journey back towards 97% attendance – children whose class achieves the target will receive reward stickers and the possibility of a grand prize at the end of the year. The more times a class achieves the weekly target of 97%, the more chances they will have at winning the overall prize.
Classes which achieve the weekly 97% target will be announced here on this webpage.