Whole school attendance for Reception, KS1 and KS2 this week is 93%.
Well done to Olive Class, who are the winners for attendance with 97.8% this week.
As ever, our 96% or more attendance target is in place for next week.
*Note: Attendance period covers from a Friday through to a Thursday.
Yearly attendance for 2022-23 for Reception, KS1 and KS2 was .
Well done to Rowan Class, who were the winners for yearly attendance with 95.1%.
We want our children at Millfield School to enjoy coming to school. Our weekly attendance target is 96%, but we strive for 100%.
Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success.
Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.
Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. We believe that children who do not attend school regularly are more likely to:-
Why is it so important to attend every day?
Are there other benefits to my child?
What are the risks of frequent absences?
What can parents do to help?
Leave of Absence in Term Time:
Headteachers are no longer able to grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a wedding of a parent, funeral of a close relative or a national sporting activity.
A letter to the headteacher requesting a leave of absence must be made in advance. A leave of absence is granted entirely at the headteacher’s discretion. As stated in the most recent DFE guidance on attendance, if an application for leave of absence is not made prior to the time of the required absence then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised regardless of circumstances.
A penalty notice is a fine issued to parents or carers who fail to ensure their child/children attend school regularly. If your child accrues more than 7 days unauthorised absence, parents could be issued a penalty notice. This includes taking holidays in term time without the schools permission.
Penalty fines are £60.00 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the fine is not paid, parents will be reported for prosecution.
EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNTS.
Regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Help ensure that your child has the best opportunity for success by making sure he/she is in school every day
Punctuality - Arriving at School on time
There is a clear link between attendance and attainment; the more time a pupil spends in school the more likely they are to improve their opportunity to fulfil their full potential.
The Law states that:
A school has to take a register of all pupils first thing in the morning and sometime during the afternoon. The Government advice states that schools can keep the register open for up to 30 minutes, however this may be for a shorter period. If a pupil arrives late to school but whilst the register is still open they are marked as late. If a pupil arrives at school after the register is closed, without a satisfactory reason, this may be classed as an unauthorised absence and may lead to prosecution for not ensuring your child has regular /punctual school attendance.
Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:
• Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
• Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 9 days a year.
• Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 18 days a year.
If your child attends school they are more likely to succeed
BUT REMEMBER – “IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LATE THAN NOT TO ARRIVE AT ALL”.
Some things that help punctuality:
What should you do if your have a problem getting your child to school on time?
Click on the link below to read our Attendance Policy.