Attendance and Punctuality Bulletin

As we have reached the halfway point of the school year, I would like to make every family aware of their child’s attendance record to date.

We are now applying the following method to monitor attendance:

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System
At Willoughby Road Primary Academy our target is 96%

Green - 95% or above - NO ACTION REQUIRED

Did you know …
96% attendance is:
• 8 days absence per year from school
• the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years

95% attendance is:
• 10 days absence per year from school
• 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child's primary school education

90% attendance is:
• 19 days absence per year from school
• 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career

Your child’s attendance certificate is attached showing their current percentage.  If there are any ‘N’ codes (no reason yet provided for absence) and you have not yet provided a reason to the school office, please ensure this is updated as soon as possible.  Otherwise the absence will be recorded as an unauthorised absence


Are you Here On Time?

I am extremely concerned by the number of pupils regular arriving late at school.

Lateness not only affects your child's education - it doesn't allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Being frequently late for school means lost learning:

- Arriving 5 minutes late everyday adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 19 days a year

The register will close at 9.15am and so anyone arriving after this will receive an unauthorised absence mark.

Education Welfare Officer

Some of you will already have had contact with our Education Welfare Officer, Pam Charlton.  We will make referrals to Pam where appropriate if further action is required.

Attendance reward

After half term we will be introducing a reward system for behaviour. Each week, one child’s name will be chosen at random in Whole School assembly on a Monday and if that child has attended every day and on time the previous week they will win themselves a £10 voucher.  The first draw will be on February 29th - Good Luck!

Yours sincerely
Elaine Jupp - Head of Academy