The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

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Attendance

The Good Shepherd aims to encourage children, parents and carers to achieve the best possible levels of attendance in order to take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them. The school will offer an environment in which children feel welcomed and valued.  Through the ethos of our school children will be aware that their presence in school is important and they will be missed if they are absent or late. 

Our School Day at The Good Shepherd...

The school day is from 8.45am to 3.15pm.

Children should be on the playground at 8.45am. Please do not leave your children unsupervised on the playground before 8.35am as there are no teachers on duty to look after them before this time. Registration is at 8.50 - 8.55 in the morning and 1.00 - 1.15 in the afternoon. If your child arrives at school after these times, you should take them to the School Office, where they will be signed in and you must give a reason for their late arrival. As they have arrived after Registration has started, a ‘late mark’ will show on their attendance and the number of minutes that they are late is recorded.

Whilst we appreciate that that there are occasions when you arrive late, please do try and ensure that your child arrives at school on time, as arriving after lessons have started has a big impact on their learning.

Please ensure that you collect your child at 3.15

  • Click HERE to view our absence reporting procedures 
  • Click HERE to view the DfEs Attendance Information for Parents/Carers.
  • Click here to view a handy guide to good attendance for parents and carers!

Good attendance at school is vital for pupils to achieve their full educational potential. Pupils with good attendance records benefit in the following ways:

·         Continuity of learning which makes progress and retention easier

·         Enhanced performance in SATs tests

·         Continuity of relationships and friendships

·         Good references for further education or employment

·         Good habits are formed for later life

 

The DfE defines Persistent Absentees as school-age pupils missing more than 10% of sessions in a school year.

·         Pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school, only three per cent manage to achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths.

·         Pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.

·         Pupils who miss less than five per cent of school, 73 per cent achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths.

 

Rewards for Excellent Attendance

  • Class Party for the class with the best weekly attendance. The winning class gets to pack up 15 minutes early on a Friday and enjoy party snacks and music - they get to display the special attendance poster in their classroom (click HERE to view) for the following week!
  • The weekly winner is also displayed in the School Office area!
  • At the end of each term a special event is held for those children with 100% attendance, they also receive certificates and vouchers for either Hullabaloo (KS1) or Laser Zone (KS2).
  • Those children with between 96%-99% attendance at the end of each term are entered into a special raffle to win prizes!

We are very thankful to all of the fantastic companies that donate attendance prizes to The Good Shepherd each year, especially Hullaballoo, Laser Zone, Tesco, Morrisons, Gullivers Land and Trilogy Gyms.

If you know of or work for any company that may be willing to donate prizes, no matter how big or small, please contact our Family Support Worker Miss Johnson or visit the School Office.

Monitoring Attendance and Punctuality

We are monitored for both attendance and punctuality by the Dept. for Education and Ofsted. Official Registers can be inspected by them at any time. The Local Authority also takes pupil and attendance data on a weekly basis.

The school has been set a target of 96% attendance for all pupils by the Local Authority. We monitor attendance on a weekly basis and will send letters to parents whose child’s attendance is below 90% for the previous 6 weeks, their attendance will be monitored over a 6 week period for improvement.

Should attendance or punctuality become a cause for concern the school may contact the Education Entitlement Team at any time.

Late arrivals are monitored on a weekly basis and letters will be issued to parents/carers of pupils who have arrived late on more than 3 occasions during a term. If the pupil continues to be late, parents will be asked to attend a meeting with both the Head teacher and the Family Support Worker.