We want children at Southmere Primary Academy to enjoy coming to school.
We are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, to support pupils to achieve their full potential.
Good school attendance and punctuality is essential and directly linked to a child’s progress
Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and under achievement.
Ensuring children attend school is crucial for the welfare of children and safeguarding their wellbeing.
|Daily||Children whose attendance is being monitored with an Attendance Stamp Book receive a stamp or tick in their book||There is a whole class reward of colouring in a letter from the Academy Name, when this is complete children can choose from a bank of class rewards|
|Weekly||Children whose attendance is being monitored with an Attendance Stamp Book receive a prize from the Treasure Chest if they have achieved 5 days in a week.||There is a weekly class reward for the class with the highest attendance in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. Each child in the winning class will earn an extra 20 Dojo Points to spend at the Swap Shop and receive the Attendance Best Class Bear who has Hot Chocolate and biscuits in his backpack.|
|Half-term rewards||Children who achieve 100% attendance in a half term will receive a certificate and a prize from the Treasure Chest. There are prize draws to receive a shopping voucher: 100% = £20 Improved to 96% = £10 Improved to 90% = £5||There is a half termly class reward for the highest attendance in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. Each child in the winning class will earn an extra 50 Dojo Points to spend at the Swap Shop and receive Attendance Best Class Buns.|
|End of year rewards||Children who achieve 100% attendance in a school year will receive a certificate and a prize. They will also be entered into the prize draw to win a bike. One each in EYFS/KS1 and one in KS2. There are prize draws for shopping vouchers: Improved to 96% = £10 Improved to 90% = £5||There is a class reward for the class with the highest attendance in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. Each child in the winning class will earn an extra 100 Dojo Points to spend at the Swap Shop and chose a prize from the bank of rewards.|
Why is it so important to attend every day?
- Each day’s learning builds upon those of the previous day and lessons are sequenced as a learning journey. If children do not have good attendance they will miss chunks of learning and this may make them feel anxious in class as they will not be able to keep up with their friends
- If children do not have good attendance they will find it difficult to make and maintain friendships, this will make them feel lonely and worried about coming to school
Are there other benefits to my child?
- Pupils with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
- Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.
- Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behaviour, useful life skills and resilience.
How can parents help?
- Parents must model the value of education, including the high importance of attendance.
- Make sure that your child comes to school regularly and arrives on time. This will help establish a good habit, which they will continue throughout their life.
- If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right. Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
- If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact school immediately.
- Do not expect school to approve of shopping trips, birthday treats etc. during school hours. Arrange family holidays so that your child will not miss any learning.
- Take an interest in your child’s school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.
- Arrange medical and dental appointments outside of school hours where possible.
How can we help you?
Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Hindle is available to support families with attendance. Should your child become ill and be unable to attend school, please telephone the academy as soon as possible.
We carefully monitor the attendance of all children, we do this so we can identify early any problems that children and families may have in attending school.
We will contact families to build relationships so we can work together to help you and your child. You may receive phone calls and letters inviting you into school so we can find out how you and your child feel about school and put any measures in place that support you. We understand that attending meetings in school may be daunting for families, please be reassured that we are here to help and listen to your individual family circumstances.
The school gates open every morning at 8.30am and close at 8.40am. There are staff at the gates and doors to welcome children into school and talk to you about anything you are concerned about each day. There is also a free Breakfast Club that runs from 8.00am till 8.30am, if you would like a place for your child please ask at the Main Office.
Children arriving after 8.40am will sign in at the Main office. The registers close at 9.00am, any child arriving after this time will be marked late on the register. Between 8.30am and 9.00am there are morning learning activities including basic skills In Reading and Maths, if children are on time they will benefit from these activities.
If your child is going to be absent please call the Main Office (01274 422040) by 9.00am on each day of absence, if the phone lines are busy you can leave a voice message and the office staff will call you back). The office staff will ask you politely a few questions to establish the reasons for your child’s absence and ascertain when they may be well enough to attend.
If we do not have any information about why your child is absent we will complete a home visit to ensure that you and your child are safe, this is our safeguarding duty. We will also complete home visits if we have not seen your child 2 days.
Our aim is to build positive relationships with families to encourage attendance. There is a clear strategy of escalation if our attempts to engage families are not successful, these can be read in the attached Attendance Policy.