Why is Attendance Important?
Children who are in school and on time every day do better than those who are not. It’s a fact. Even children whose attendance is 90% will have missed 19 school days over the year and will struggle to achieve their targets. So here is what we do to encourage good attendance at Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy.
The class with the highest attendance from the previous week will receive a certificate, presented to them in Collective Worship on a Monday. The class also look after ‘Attendance Ted’ for the week, a very important job!
Every child who achieves at least 96%, or has improved attendance from the previous term for a half term will be able to choose an attendance reward from the attendance treasure chest!!! In addition to this, all children who receive a reward will also be entered in the termly attendance raffle to win a family hamper. Children with 100% attendance will receive a bonus ticket!
This year every child who achieves 100% attendance for the whole year will receive a certificate on the last day of the school year.
What do I do if my child is ill?
If your child is absent from school, please contact us as soon as you can. For safety reasons, we operate a thorough absence monitoring procedure, so early notification is crucial.
Where a fixed penalty notice may be issued
Fixed term penalties will only be issued in circumstance where the LA is satisfied that the criteria for prosecution would be met if the option if a fixed penalty notice is not taken up by the parent. The circumstances in which a notice may be issued are:
– Where a child is absent from school due to unauthorised absence of 10% or over a six week period.
– Where a child is present in a public place during school hours without reasonable justification during the first five days of any exclusion.