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Absence and Attendance

What to do if your child is unwell

To avoid outbreaks of infectious illnesses please do not bring your child to school if they are unwell. If your child becomes unwell whilst they are here, we will contact you to arrange for them to be collected by someone listed on their contact form. If there is a specific illness doing the rounds we will notify parents in our newsletter to enable parents to know what to be looking out for, for instance, chicken pox, conjunctivitis, sickness or diarrhoea. 

Children who have had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea will need to stay off school for 48hrs from the last episode. 

Please see below guidance regarding common illnesses.

100% Attendance

As we are sure you are aware, school attendance is known to be directly linked to pupil attainment.  In March 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) published a report on the link between absence and attainment on Key Stages 2 and 4.  The findings for both Key Stages show that in general, the higher the absence rate, the lower the likely level of attainment.  The key report states that at Key Stage2: 


'....pupils with no absence are 1.3 times more likely to achieve level 4 (now referred to as Age Related Expectations, ARE) or above at KS2, and 3.1 times more likely to achieve level 5 or above at KS4, than pupils that missed 10-15 per cent of all sessions.’


As a school, we have always rewarded 100% attendance termly, with a certificate that gets awarded in assembly.  From the term (Autumn 2018), children who have 100% attendance will be awarded a bronze 100% badge.  If they continue with their 100% attendance until the end of the of the Spring Term, they will be awarded a silver 100% badge and a gold badge if they have all 3 terms in the academic year at 100% attendance.  A bronze 100% attendance badge will be awarded in your child’s first term of achieving 100%, it does not have to be in this term.


Bronze Badge - 100% Attendance for 1 Term

Silver Badge - 100% Attendance for 2 Terms

Gold Badges - 100% Attendance for 3 Terms (Whole academic year)


A 100% attendance badge will be awarded to any pupil who has not been absent or late to school at any time through the term in question.  We do, however, recognise that some children may have to leave school slightly early, arrive late to school, or leave and return within the school day to attend an unavoidable medical appointment; such as Consultant hospital appointments, orthodontist appointments and emergency doctor/dentist appointments.  Due to this, these children will be identified, case by case, and may well still receive their 100% attendance badge.  

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