Attendance at St John’s Primary School
This year St John’s School is making good attendance a top priority. By improving our attendance rates, we will improve the standards that our children achieve and provide them with better chances for life, however we can only achieve this with your full support.
Attendance is tracked by the school. If a child has an attendance level of below 90% this means they will have missed an average of one day a fortnight in school. Over a school year this will represent four weeks of absence.
If your child’s absence drops below 95% you will receive a letter informing you and you may be asked to provide medical proof of your child’s illnesses. If your child’s attendance drops below 90%, illness absences must be supported with evidence such as a GP’s appointment card or prescription, or a hospital letter. Where absences are not supported by such evidence, your child’s absence will be recorded as “unauthorised” and this has the potential to impact on your child’s overall absence figure and could result in legal action.
Please contact the school on 01305 785711 and leave a message on the 24 hour absence line or email email@example.com before 9.30am stating the exact reason for absence e.g.: cold/cough, sickness etc., please do not state ‘”unwell” or similar. If the reason given is vague, the office team may call you to clarify.
Attendance and Safeguarding:
Where attendance is of a concern and there is no contact with school from a parent/carer, we will contact Chesil Family Partnership Zone. An Attendance Link Worker will knock on the door of the family home to establish the reason for not attending school and that the child is safe.
This academic year, we have introduced a reward scheme. At St John's, each child's attendance is monitored every half term. During this period, all children with attendance of 96% - 100% will receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold Attendance Certificate. All children with attendance of 97-99% will be entered in to a silver prize raffle and all children with 100% will be entered in to a Gold prize raffle. There will be 1 lucky winner in each group as a thank you and well done for great attendance. As well as the half termly awards, there is also whole term awards! All children with attendance of 96-100% for the whole term will receive a Bronze, Silver and Gold Attendance Certificate and a small reward as a thank you and well done for fantastic attendance.