Although it may seem like an obvious thing to say, a child’s attendance at school is vital in allowing them to make progress in their learning and build on their understanding of the world around them. By attending school every day, pupils provide themselves with the very best opportunity in allowing them to reach their full potential across their curriculum subjects. Consistent attendance at school also promotes pupil well-being and allows them to develop and maintain a good social network- an important element in child development, which can not only prevent them from feeling lonely, but feeds into the successes they have within the classroom.
At Barleyhurst Park, one of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience and it is therefore our duty to promote 100% attendance for all children. In order for our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered, it is vital that our pupils are at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Arriving late for school, even though it may only seem like a few minutes, can have a big impact on the outcomes a pupil sees that day. Being late can disrupt a child’s routine, which can affect their emotions and concentration during lessons and can also make them feel vulnerable. At Barleyhurst Park, the start of the day offers many pupils the opportunity to engage in intervention sessions to help fill gaps in their learning or address misconceptions from the previous day’s learning. Arriving late for school, means that these opportunities are taken away from these pupils, making it harder for them to progress in their learning.
At Barleyhurst Park, we monitor attendance regularly and work closely with parents and carers to ensure a consistent, positive attendance pattern is maintained.
Good attendance is important because:
- statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%;
- regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically;
- regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with;
- regular attenders find learning more satisfying;
- regular attenders are most successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, higher education and employment or training.