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Let’s begin with four startling facts:

Did you know….?
  • 1 in 3 students with poor attendance (below 80%) do not achieve any qualifications at all
  • Only 8% of students with poor attendance (below 80%) achieve 5 or more GCSEs at A* - C grades
  • A student with 85% attendance will miss 29 days in a year – that is a half term of learning lost!
  • A student who misses 38 days each year will miss 2 whole years of learning by the age of 16

Our attendance record

In most years our attendance rate is close to the national average. The national attendance target for individual children is at least 96%. In 2013-14 we exceeded this target. Last year our attendance dropped to 95.68% so we have been working hard to improve this. So far this year our attendance is close to 95.51% which is good, but we need to do better.

Never being late - a vital life skill and also good manners

Punctuality is also very important. The school day starts promptly at 9.00, and immediately after the register has been taken the children are straight into their first lesson, usually English or mathematics. If children do arrive late they find it very hard to catch up on the work they have missed.
If children arrive after the register has been taken they will be marked as L (late). Any child who arrives at school from 9.10am onwards will be marked as U (unauthorised late). This will count as an unauthorised absence.

Help your child's class to win the competitions! 

Rewards and incentives

  • A cuddly toy will be the award for Phase 1 classes who achieve the best attendance each week. A medal will be awarded to Phase 2-3 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place classes
  • These will be presented in Key Stage assemblies on Thursdays
  • Phases 2-3 classes who win the gold medal will also have an extra playtime covered by the head on the Friday of that week at 2.30 - 2.50pm (or as appropriate for the class)
  • Attendance is displayed on the board in the foyer as a percentage in a holder for each class
  • Gold, silver and bronze stickers are added to the termly chart with totals at the end of each term
  • Gold, silver and bronze medals and class photos displayed on the ‘rostrum’ each week.
  • Termly recognition of 100% attendance certificate

  • Classes issue raffle tickets for perfect daily attendance. Raffle tickets drawn each half term and prizes awarded.

Religious observance

  • Where children are required to be absent from school for religious festivals they will be marked R in the register but this will not count against their actual attendance figure.

Camden's role

Camden ’s Education Welfare Service checks our registers regularly. The service can and does levy penalty notices (fines) for poor attendance and taking holidays during term-time without permission (see below).

It is important that parents understand that there is no automatic right to taking holidays during term-time. The authorisation of holidays is at the discretion of the headteacher. Any request must be made in writing. It is our policy to be sympathetic where a child has a good attendance record and is achieving well. We would not authorise a holiday close to test times (in particular for Year 6 SATS).