The links between attendance and achievement are strong and high levels of attendance at school should be a right of each pupil.
Aim - Downsview Primary & Nursery School will encourage good attendance for all pupils by offering an environment in which pupils feel valued and part of the school community.
We encourage all our pupils to be punctual and to strive for 100% attendance. We celebrate attendance and punctuality weekly across the school through a number of initiatives. At the end of each term all pupils who achieve 100% attendance and punctuality receive a certificate and attendance pencil, with prizes awarded at the end of the year.
We work in partnership with Folio and other support agencies, as appropriate, to ensure regular attendance at school. Attendance is closely monitored at both individual pupil and whole school level and we analyse patterns and trends of non attendance to inform future action planning and target setting in respect of whole school attendance matters.
If your child's attendance drops below 92% this will trigger a first letter of concern. Our School Attendance Officer will contact and meet with parents to identify any issues and offer support. If attendance does not improve a second letter will be sent to parents, with the matter then being referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
The education (pupil registration)(England) Amendment Regulations 2013 state that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is for headteachers to determine if the request is exceptional. Legislation requires that each case is judged on a case by case basis.
If your child is absent, please inform the office on the first day of absence, either by telephone, leaving a voice message or e-mail. If you do not let the school know why your child is absent we will text or telephone you to make enquiries.
Being on time shows a pupil is ready and willing to work, helps to form good habits and helps to develop a sense of responsibility. Being late disrupts lessons and may mean that your child misses important instructions and work.
Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day during an entire year is the same as missing two whole weeks of school?