Why is Good School Attendance so Important?
At Holy Trinity Primary we are working closely as a school family to improve our attendance levels so that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Good attendance is a skill for life and attendance has an impact on a child’s whole school experience. As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence.
We monitor the attendance of every child in the school. If we have concerns about your child’s attendance then in the first instance we will contact you to offer support, however if your child’s attendance continues to pose a problem then you will be requested to attend our Attendance Panel.
Our governor’s decided in June 2013 that we would no longer be authorising any holiday for your child. Any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.
UPDATE - MARCH 2016- The Full Governing Body of Holy Trinity recently voted to amend the Attendance policy in line with Calderdale policy. Therefore, any child taking 5 days or more unauthorised absence will be liable to a penalty notice and fine for taking their children out of school. The fine is £60 to £120 per parent, per child. In addition the child may lose their school place.
90 % attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:
one half day each week
nearly four weeks every school year
over one school year in a school career
Last year our attendance was 96.9%
OFSTED May 2013
‘What does the school need to do to improve further? Ensure that attendance is improved and the academy achieves at least the average attendance rate of 95%. ‘
Our school's target for the 2015 / 2016 school year is 97.5%.
Together we can achieve it – We need your help!
Traffic Light Letters
These letters are issued at the end of every half term and detail your child’s current attendance. Letters are colour coded as per the traffic lights at the top of the page.
We like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Throughout the year there are many opportunities for children to be rewarded for good and significantly improved attendance.
- Every child who achieves 100% attendance will be rewarded half termly.
- At the end of each half term the class with the best attendance record will be rewarded with a non-uniform day.
Watch this space for competitions that will be running throughout the year!
Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. Lateness is monitored by our Nurture Officer If your child is late twice or more in a week then you will be contacted and offered any support that you might need to ensure that your child is arriving at school on time. Classes with 100% punctuality each week will receive a rosette to stick on their classroom door. Which class will have the most rosettes by the end of the school year?