Attendance and Attendance Data
Attendance has a direct impact on the progress of children and daily monitoring is part of our duty of care in ensuring that children are safe. We work hard at Springbank Primary Academy to encourage children to arrive at school on time every day. This includes pupil attendance advocates and a number of initiatives including 'Don't be Late, School is Great'!
Children are rewarded for good attendance through rewards and we celebrate this every week through our EPIC assemblies. Our attendance target is above 96%.
Please note that parents are required to seek permission from the headteacher to grant leave of absence during term time. Any permission granted is entirely at the headteacher's discretion although it is unlikely that the school would grant leave of absence for holiday.
What to do if your child is absent:
We understand that sometimes children are ill or have a need to attend appointments and so ask you to telephone school by 8.45am on the first day of their child’s absence. For longer periods of absence it is important to notify the school of the ongoing cause and the likely date of return of your child.
The overall attendance at the end of the academic year was 95.33% which was 0.77% below our target of 96.1%. Our Late target was less than 600 L codes (before register closes) and less than 80 U codes (after the register closes). There were over 612 L codes and 156 U codes.
We had an outbreak of chicken pox from mid-March till mid-June, which affected 48 children (13.4% of total children). Each child had at least 5 days absence and most of them had almost 10 days. At the same time we had an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting which affected 30+ children and they have to have at least 3 days off (48hrs after diarrhoea and vomiting stops). There were 4211 sessions of Illness (210.5days = 3.078%) approx. 1.4% was down to the chicken pox and diarrhoea and vomiting.
Taken all of the above into account and given that the illness we could not control our attendance figure would have been 96.73% adding the 1.4% illness back for chickenpox and the diarrhoea and vomiting.
Parents requesting holidays, has also increased from 0.443% 2015/16 to 0.561% 2016/17. 0.509% of this is unauthorised holiday, G code. We ask all parents to request holiday on our holiday form giving full details of why they are asking to take their children out of school in term time. We always write back to parents who request holiday giving our decision and the reasons why this was declined or authorised and ask them to confirm that they still intend to take their children out of school if we have declined. We have added a paragraph to the letter we give out with the holiday form to tell parents that we will be issuing Penalty Notices if parents take children out of school for holidays.
Targets for 2017/18: 96.1%
Late target for 2017/18: L code = less than 600 U codes = less than 80
Link to Parent Leaflet on Attendance to come.