Swain House Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Dianne Richardson

Parents  »  Parent Involvement  »  Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance

Good attendance is vital if your child is to achieve and make good progress. Poor attendance can result in slow rates of progress and lower attainment, as well as missing out on learning experiences and the possibility of problems socialising with other pupils. We monitor attendance daily. Term time holidays are not authorised and could result in fines being issued.

The Attendance Policy can be accessed from here

Please notify us by phone (01274 639049) to let us know and explain your child’s absence. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your child, we will contact you if we have not received notification from you.

We monitor attendance daily and record attendance on pupils’ profiles which are shared at least termly, as well as each child’s end-of-year report to parents. If we have concerns about a child’s attendance or punctuality, we will contact you to discuss how this might be improved. Mrs Catherine Cook, our Parental Involvement Officer, will be able to work with parents/guardians to maintain good attendance at school.
Good attendance is encouraged and all children achieving 100% attendance each term will be invited to the 100% Attendance Treat.

Returning after an absence 

If your child is returning to school part-way through the day, please take them to the main office to sign them in. If they are returning on a morning following an absence, please ensure that written confirmation of the reason for absence is provided if this has not already been done.

Persistent absence – attendance below 90%

Any child whose attendance falls below 90% will be monitored closely and further action may be taken.

Punctuality

Being late for school makes it hard for your child to learn. If they are 30 minutes late each day it means they are missing a half day of school every week. If your child is late by 10 minutes a day he or she will miss the equivalent of one week’s learning in a year.

It is important that pupils are punctual so that they do not miss out of the beginning of each school day. This time can be important because information is often given out which allows for the smooth running of the day and helps pupils feel part of the school community.
  • The school opens at 8.40 a.m. and pupils should be in school at this time to change from outdoor clothing. It is essential that your child is ready for registration at 8.50 a.m. prompt. All entrances with the exception of the main school entrance are closed at 8.50 a.m.
  • Pupils arriving after this time will have to report to the office where their names will be entered into the “late book” for safety reasons and monitoring of attendance.
  • From November 2013 a new strategy to improve punctuality was introduced in line with Pupil Mentoring. When pupils are late twice in a term they and their parents are informed that if they are late again they will be required to miss their playtime. At the third late and all other subsequent lates in that term pupils will miss their playtime. At the start of a new term the “slate is wiped clean” and all pupils start the term with no lates.   
Punctuality is a good thing because:
  • It gets the day off to a good start
  • It establishes positive patterns for the future
  • It helps your child develop
  • It helps your child make and keep friends
  • It leads to self confidence and success
  • It is good training for adult life and work
Lateness is not good because:
  • It gets the day off to a bad start
  • It can be embarrassing for your child
  • It may damage your child’s confidence
  • It can affect friendship patterns
  • It disrupts learning for everyone
  • It can hinder your child’s achievement