Attendance & Punctuality

At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy, we believe that excellent attendance is central to a child’s well-being and ability to make progress. Absences leave gaps in learning and can affect children’s ability to maintain friendships.

Reporting your Child's Absence

If you child is unwell, please ring the school on the first day of your child’s absence by 8.30am on 01708 688 207.

We aim to:

  • Improve our attendance rate to 96% or above;
  • Promote children’s welfare and keep them safe;
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance; and
  • Give our pupils the best chance of succeeding whilst at school.

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance;
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically;
  • Regular attenders find school routines and schoolwork easier to cope with;
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying; and
  • Regular attenders have an easier transfer to secondary school, having developed positive habits in attending school every day.

Creating a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility – parents/carers, pupils and all school staff have a part to play. 

Pupils can help by:

  • Going to bed when their parents tell them;
  • Doing their best to get up in the mornings and get ready quickly for school; and
  • Getting their book bags, PE kits etc. ready the night before.

Parents can help by:

  • Bringing children to school every day and on time unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence e.g. illness or a family emergency;
  • Arranging medical/dental appointments out of school hours;
  • Discussing any problems with regular attendance (or if your child is reluctant to come to school for any reason), with the class teacher or head teacher;
  • Sending in a written note explaining your child’s absence on their return;
  • Keeping the school informed by phone during prolonged absence due to illness;
  • Showing us medical evidence for any absence due to illness, of 5 days or more.

Requests for leave of absence

If you wish to take your child out of school for any reason, you will need to submit our Leave of Absence Request form. We must stress that trips and holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Children have 13 weeks’ holiday and those who miss a series of lessons are at an immediate disadvantage. Authorisation of absence is always at the head teacher’s discretion.

 

ATTENDANCE 2019-2020

Published data for the academic year 2017-2018 shows the National average for whole school attendance at primary level was 95.83%.  Our whole school attendance for 2018-2019 was 93%. 

2019-2020

Previous Academic Year

Month

Whole School % Attendance

 

Sessions missed due to unauthorised holidays for the month

Class with highest attendance

Number of children in whole school with 100% attendance

Persistent Absence % (attendance of below 90%)

Attendance for the same time last year

Sessions missed due to unauthorised holidays for the month

Sep 2019

96.1%

 

42

Invincible Einsteins

85

13.93%

91.9%

66

Sept - Oct

 

 

 

 

 

93%

24

Sept - Nov

 

 

 

 

 

92.9%

4

Sept - Dec

 

 

 

 

 

92.4%

33

Sept – Jan

 

 

 

 

 

93%

10

Sept - Feb

 

 

 

 

 

93%

0

Sept -Mar

 

 

 

 

 

93.3%

22

Sept – Apr

 

 

 

 

 

93.3%

14

Sept - May

 

 

 

 

 

93.4%

28

Sept – Jun

 

 

 

 

 

93.4%

96

Sept - July

 

 

 

 

 

93%

28

TOTALS

 

 

 

 

 

93%

325 sessions = 162.5 days

 “Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school” DFE 2019

Our target for the forth coming academic year is to ensure we align or exceed the 2017-18 National averages for Primary schools.

 

 

2018-2019

2017-2018

Month

Whole School Attendance

Persistent Absentee

PP Attendance

SEN Attendance

Whole School Attendance

PP Attendance

Sen Attendance

Sep 2019

91.9%

29.86%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - Oct

93%

27.59%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - Nov

92.9%

27.59%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - Dec

92.4%

26.03%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept – Jan

93%

27.70%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - Feb

93%

27.03%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept -Mar

93.3%

21.68%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept – Apr

93.3%

          22.38%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - May

93.4%

20.98%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept – Jun

93.4%

23.08%

 

 

 

 

 

Sept - July

93%

27.27%

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

93%

28.19%