Every Day Counts

Attendance Every Day Counts

  • Good attendance makes a difference to how well a child does in school right from Year R.
  • Absences can add up before you know it.
  • Poor attendance is not just about unauthorised absences, or children deliberately skipping school – authorised absences can affect performance, too.
  • As a parent you are responsible for making sure your child develops the habit of regular attendance and punctuality.
  • When a child is persistently late, s/he misses teaching time, which is important for the rest of the lesson and your child can also feel like an outsider in the classroom, always having to enter when everyone else is already learning.
  • If you are facing difficulties related to health care, housing or lack of food for example, you can ask for support from school and the community. We are here to help.
  • It’s important to know the school-wide absence rates each week, since too many absences can slow down the teaching for all students.
  • Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days or about 18 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.
  • It doesn’t matter if these absences are excused or unexcused. They all represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.
  • Attendance matters as early as pre school. Studies show many children who miss too many days in the first years of schooling can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading and phonics by the end of Key Stage 1.
  • We want to hit our target of 96% attendance this academic year.

School Attendance Leaflet