Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Adelaide Primary School, we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at school.
The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below.
Focus on Attendance and Punctuality
Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group by their Class Teacher. Adelaide Primary School are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.
At Adelaide Primary School, we reward children who attend school each day and whose attendance is improving. Children are also rewarded for good punctuality. Rewards include praise from the class teacher, sticker charts, hot chocolate for the best attending class and attendance medals at the end of each term.
Group 1: No Concern – Green Group The child attends for 97% – 100% of the time.
Group 2: Concern – Yellow Group The child attends for 96% – 96.9% of the time.
Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group The child attends for 94% – 95.9% of the time.
Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group The child attends for 90% – 93.9% of the time.
Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement – Red Group The child attends for 0% – 89.9% of the time.
If you are concerned about this new ‘Focus on Attendance’, there are important steps that you can take:
Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. The school day begins at 8:45am and students should be in the building by 8:55am. Students arriving after 9am will be marked absent and will require an explanatory note or the absence will remain un-authorised.
Ensure school has up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted school. This ensures that the absence is quickly identified.
If your child is ill, contact school on the first day of absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to school.
If you wish to check that your child has arrived at school contact school office. They will inform you if your child has been registered.
If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as un-authorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time whenever possible.
Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
Holidays should not be taken in school time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Head Teacher and only agreed where there are exceptional circumstances.
Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
Contact your child’s Class Teacher if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.
Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Adelaide Primary School.
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