Attendance

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At Wrenbury Primary School we know that attending school every day is crucial for learning, social skills and personal responsibility.

In 2016-17 and in 2015-16, we had an overall attendance of 95%. Compared to other schools in Cheshire East, our school attendance was OUTSTANDING! and we were given a GREEN rating. However we are not complacent and each year strive to improve the attendance of all pupils.

The school must comply with Cheshire East Council's policy for good practice in managing attendance.

We monitor attendance and inform parents by letter, where their child's attendance falls below 90% or is on the cusp of falling below 90% across a half term; if attendance falls below 90%, the Education Welfare Officer will become involved. The government has stated that any child who has attendance below 90% will be considered to be persistently absent . The government does not expect school to authorise absence for holidays in term time as this is detrimental to your child's education. Unauthorised attendance may result in a fine being given to parents by the local authority.

If you are experiencing any problems and you feel school is able to help — please call into the school office to see Mrs Cador and Mrs Rowlands.

Please read the Attendance Policy.

Absence and Lateness

The school must be told by a parent/guardian of the reason for a child's absence or lateness. When parents do not notify the school of the reason for the child's absence, it must be deemed to be unauthorised (truancy) and must be recorded as such. Parents are asked to notify the school on the first day of absence before 9.30am.

DID YOU KNOW
End of year attendance % can be summed up as missed education:

  • 98% attendance means that your child has missed 4 days in the school year
  • 95% attendance means that your child has missed 10 days in the school year
  • 90% attendance means that your child has missed 19 days in the school year
  • 80% attendance means that your child has missed 38 days in the school year
  • 5 minutes late each day means three whole days lost each year

    Illness

    All children may at some point feel 'under the weather' or suffer from a cough or a cold or a minor ailment. It is ok to send children to school feeling under the weather or with a cough and/or cold or a minor, non-contagious ailment. These should not be determiners for school absence. When a cough or cold is a symptom along with a high temperature, then it is acceptable for the child to be at home.
    If a child is sent to school feeling under the weather, staff in school will monitor the child closely and if they deteriorate or school is not deemed the best place for the child, then a phone call home will be made to collect the child so that they are in a more comfortable setting.

    Parents are asked to keep a child off for a full 24 hours following the last 'case' where s/he suffers sickness or diarrhoea. Parents are asked to contact the school for advice regarding recommended absence for contagious illness.

    The school work closely with the Doctor's Surgery in Wrenbury to promote ways to look after minor ailments ourselves. The school has just been awarded the NHS Bronze Award for Self-Care (July 2018). We're now working towards the Silver Award.