For pupils at Park Primary to have the best chances of success, it is vital that they are at school (and on time) every day the school is open unless the absence is unavoidable. Research shows that children with high attendance are more likely to progress academically, form good friendships and do well in the future. During the academic year of 2024/2025, Park is striving to achieve our target of 96% attendance. We aim to reach this goal through incentives for pupils, parental engagement and joint agency working. 

Attendance Star –  The class in each Key Stage with the highest weekly attendance is announced in assembly. These classes receive the ‘attendance star’ (collected by a pupil with 100% attendance) to be displayed on their classroom door and are awarded a whole class treat.
Termly Awards – The class in each Key Stage with the highest termly attendance is announced in the last assembly of term. These classes can choose a treat to celebrate their success which they will be able to enjoy at the start of the next term.
Random Recognition Awards –  Pupils whose attendance/punctuality has improved are presented with certificates and stickers throughout the year.

Attendance pathways include:

  • If your child is going to be absent, please call the office and inform us of the reason before 9am that day. Mrs Laycock, Attendance Lead, will call you if we have not received a message. This telephone call might involve parents being informed of their child’s percentage attendance figure and concerns around attendance being raised.
  • We believe that a positive relationship between school, pupils and parents is key. Mrs Laycock works closely with families to support them to improve attendance. This may involve: face-to-face conversations before or after school, home visits, meetings in school and parenting contracts.
  • Should concerns around attendance continue then Mrs Laycock will work with both Mrs Smith and Mrs Midgley in a graduated approach before raising their concerns with external agencies. 
  • If attendance concerns cannot be addressed using in-school strategies, cases may be referred to external agencies such as the Local Authority’s Pupil Attendance Support Team (PAST), Homestart, Children and Family Wellbeing Service (CFW) and the School Attendance Legal Team (SALT).
  • Regular attendance at school is a legal requirement. If a pupil has poor attendance which shows no improvement, parents may be issues with penalty notices and prosecuted in court.
  • Punctuality is also an important aspect of school attendance. Children must arrive at school by 9am to avoid incurring a late mark. Children late to school, even by a few minutes, miss important aspects of their learning. 

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