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Attendance & Punctuality


Attendance Expectations At South Bank Primary School we recognise that attending school regularly and on time has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for our students. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key for our student’s success. Therefore, we must ensure that attendance and punctuality are the highest they possibly can be in order to prepare our children for their future adult life.

In line with the Government and Local Authority Guidelines, we expect all our students to maintain an attendance level of 95% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, staff, children and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we monitor and review the attendance of all our children constantly. We encourage excellent attendance and punctuality for all, by offering an environment in which they can feel valued and part of the school community.

Why is attendance so important and how is it linked to attainment?

If children are not in school then they are not learning and therefore not achieving their potential.

If they are not genuinely ill they should be in school and working their hardest towards achieving their best. The process of education is life long and we build on what we already know and therefore, if they skip school they are damaging their future. Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for these reasons.

As mentioned earlier our School Attendance Target is 95% or above, therefore, if your son/daughter attends for at least 95% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absence.

Attendance over one school year

If your son or daughter had:-

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = less than 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school

Why is Punctuality Important?

Being on time:

• gets your day off to a good start and puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you can make the most of your learning opportunities.

• sets positive patterns for the future. You can’t expect to keep a job if you’re always coming in late;

• leads to a good attendance record and means you don’t miss out on listening what is happening during the day;

• leads to better achievement because you attend the WHOLE of all of your classes;

• leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;

• helps you develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and towards others and is a sign of good character;

is respectful to your teacher and to your classmates and builds good habits for later in life when your employer pays you to be on time;
• is very important indeed. Research shows that attendance and punctuality are the single most important factors in school success

Attendance & Punctuality Policy


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