We take absence very seriously at Beaufort and will keep you informed monthly about your child’s attendance percentage. The minimum target for all children is 95%, although of course we would prefer no absence at all! To maintain good attendance, a child would need to have less than ten days of absence in any school year. This includes any days off sick, lateness and medical appointments.
In order to keep your child’s attendance as high as possible, you can:
- make sure they are in school at the registration times of 8.35am and 1pm
In line with DFES regulations, school registers are held open for five minutes from the start of the day. A child arriving within the five minutes will be recorded as late. After this, they will be recorded ‘absent’ that morning.
- make any medical appointments between or after these times, so that they do not miss registration;
- send your child in to school if you are ‘not sure’ if they are ill. Children are very good actors and can be bouncing off the walls as soon as it is too late to get to school! Rest assured that we will send them home if they are unwell in school;
- ensure that you do not take any time off school for holidays or other days unless they are absolutely essential. Only essential days will be authorised and only then for children with high attendance.
We conducted research into the levels of achievement of children with different attendance during a term. The results were as follows:
Average Progress of Children with Different Attendance
This graph clearly shows us that the children who were here for 95% of the time made the amount of progress one would expect for the term. However, those children whose attendance was 100% made over twice the expected progress and children with attendance below 85% made a lot less progress. The more they are in school, the more they learn and the more progress they make!