The Government has set attendance targets for pupils at school. The target for 2018 – 19 is: “For all pupils to achieve a minimum of 96.1% attendance.”
All schools are required to publish figures for authorised and unauthorised absence from school. We work hard to reduce the number of unauthorised absences by contacting parents each morning if their child is absent from school. We also send a copy of your child’s attendance certificate with their school report and discuss it with you at Parents’ Evening.
Only the Head Teacher, on behalf of the governing body, can authorise absence from school. Absence can only be authorised for the following reasons:
The Department for Education does not permit holidays during term time. If there is a reason for absence that is not covered by the above list and could be considered ‘exceptional circumstances’ then parents/carers must request the leave in writing, giving detailed information about why the absence is required. If the school refuses a request for term time leave, yet the child is taken out of school regardless, this will be noted as ‘unauthorised absence’. This will then be referred to the Education Welfare Service to issue a fixed penalty notice.
What is unauthorised absence?
We believe that good punctuality is a vital part of the education of each child. Good habits learnt at an early age can only benefit your child in later life. Education Welfare closely monitor punctuality and will contact parents of children who are persistently late.
Arriving late to school has a serious effect on your child’s education; please consider the following:
We recommend that children arrive in the School playground in good time to enable them to enter school with their class and begin Registration promptly at 8:55. A record is kept in school for children who are late. Parents of pupils who are consistently late are contacted by the Head Teacher.
ATTENDANCE REWARD SHOP
At Walsall Wood School, we have high expectations of attendance; aiming for every child to reach the national target of 96.1%. In order to reward excellent attendance, the school raises the profile of attendance through Celebration assemblies and by operating an exciting rewards scheme, called Attendance Shop.
Each week in Celebration Assembly we announce the winning class for the week with the highest attendance figures. This class takes away a certificate and reward. We then display these certificates in class so that children can follow their attendance throughout the term. Excellent Attendance is then rewarded at the end of each term when the children visit Attendance Shop and select their prize.
Choose a top prize from the Gold Tables
Choose a prize from the Silver Tables
Pupils who do not receive a prize at the end of a Term if they have been absent (due to illness, holiday etc) have a chance to improve their attendance during the following term and receive a prize if they achieve 95% or above.
At the end of the year special prizes are awarded to those pupils who have maintained 100% attendance throughout the three terms.