Attendance

Please can you ensure your child is in school on time.

All doors open at 8:45am and expect all children to be in school by 8:55am.

Punctuality is a skill that is vital for success in life and it is important to value and develop this skill from an early age. Being on time is just as important as being in school as every minute is an oppportunity to learn at South Street. So, please help your child be on time every day.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Absence from school

  • If your child is unwell and is unable to come into school, you must inform us by ringing the office before 9.00am. Please note that this is your responsibility and helps us with our safeguarding procedures. If we are not informed about your child’s absence we will make a first day response call.  If this is unsuccessful, we will make a home visit.
  • If your child is vomiting or has sickness and diarrhoea please note that public health guidlines advise they should stay off school for 48 hours in order to protect others at school.

Attend and achieve!

  • If a school can improve attendance by 1%, they will see a 5-6% improvement in attainment (Department for Education).
  • Please help us and your child by ensuring their attendance remains above 95%, allowing them to achieve their full potential.

Rewards in school

Every week that a class has over 95%, they earn an ‘Attendance Star’.

Once that class has earned 10 Attendance Stars, they can choose a reward afternoon – and the children get to choose the reward!

This could be: a visit out somewhere, like the park for sports; a cinema afternoon with popcorn; or maybe something else they decide on.

There will also be individual awards in school each half term to recognise children’s high attendance.

What can I do as a parent to improve my child's attendance?

  • Talk to us if you are having any problems.
  • Phone us as soon as possible to tell us why your child is absent, and when you expect them to return. Putting the school number in your phone can save you time.
  • Make appointments, where possible, our of school hours.
  • Avoid taking holidays in school time.

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