At Albert Pritchard Infant and Wood Green Junior Federated Schools, we work closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.
What we aim to achieve
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. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:
• Their learning
• Their friendships
• Their self-esteem and confidence.
We monitor the attendance of every child in the school and in partnership with Sandwell Attendance and Prosecution Service; we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason. Holidays will not be authorised during the school year.
90 Percent 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
Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.
What are we doing to improve attendance?
Attendance of all pupils is monitored weekly and those falling below 92.5% are informed by letter if this occurs, this is then reviewed regularly. Throughout the year our learning mentors work closely with families providing support to help overcome barriers in improving attendance.
We like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly through celebrating good punctuality and attendance.