Is Your Child Missing Out? – Focus on Attendance and Punctuality
Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At John Willmott School we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and 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 and we are committed to improving attendance levels at the school.
The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance.
Your child is informed of their attendance each week by their form tutor. We 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 days of absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.
We also reward students who attend school each day and whose attendance is improving. Students are also rewarded for good punctuality.
Impact on Achievement:
Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximize their learning, and achieve full potential here at John Willmott School. Research shows that students with the best attendance also achieve the best results.
What we are asking you to do:
As a parent, there are important steps that we would ask you to take to support us in this focus on high levels of attendance:
- Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Lessons begin promptly at 8.50am and students should be on the school grounds by 8.40am. Students arriving after 8.50am must sign in late at the student reception.
- Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that any absence is quickly identified.
- If your child is ill, please contact the school on each day of their absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to school.
- If you wish to check that your child has arrived at school contact the school reception on 0121 378 6575 and we will inform you if your child has been registered.
- If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. 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.
- Please ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.
- 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 where there are exceptional circumstances.
- Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
- Contact your child’s form tutor or Head of Year 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 John Willmott School.