At The West Park Academy we view excellent attendance and punctuality as vitally important for the learning and progress of the children. Your child’s time at school is very valuable, they only get the chance once! It is therefore very important that they miss as little school as possible.
Research shows that children who have good school attendance are more likely to do well in the future. Regular attendance also helps children to develop their confidence and make and keep lasting friendships.
Improving Attendance remains one of our biggest target areas as an Academy and as such we celebrate good attendance. At the end of each week the class with the highest attendance receive the attendance trophy to keep in their class for the following week. We have a chart on the wall in the hall for each class, with an arrow which points to their attendance achievement for that week.
We have a termly presentation of 100% attendance certificates and children who have got 100% at the end of the school year receive a special certificate and will go on a visit paid for by the school.
Thank you for your support in getting your child into school on time everyday.
➢ 95% attendance means that your child has missed two weeks of school.
➢ 90% attendance means that your child has missed four weeks of school/half a day every week.
➢ 80% attendance means that your child has missed eight weeks of school.
➢ Attendance of below 90% over five years is equivalent to your child missing half a year of school.
➢ Attendance below 80% over five years means that your child misses a whole year of school.
➢ Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year equals a drop in GCSE grade (Department for children, schools and families).
➢ Only a quarter of pupils will achieve GCSE grades A to C if their attendance is below 90%.
➢ Pupils who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.
➢ Poor attendance suggests to future employers that the individual is unreliable. Get into good habits early.
➢ Missing 10% (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
➢ One of the most effective ways for providing pathways out of poverty is by doing what it takes to get children into school every day.