Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. Montpelier Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, enabling them to have access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours. Managing attendance and punctuality takes a considerable amount of time and is costly. This means that funding that could be used to support teachers is being used for attendance and punctuality which is often avoidable.
This policy applies to all children registered at Montpelier. It is available to all parents/carers on
our school website and by hard copy on request.
This policy has been written to adhere to the relevant Children Acts, Education Acts, Regulations
and Guidance from the Department for Education in addition to guidance from the Local Authority.
The school works together with other professionals and agencies e.g. the School Attendance Officer to support and develop good habits.
Children who are absent from school, frequently fall behind and develop large gaps in their learning which impacts on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary
school, have missed two whole terms of learning.
- To maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 96.1%
- To maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance
- To maintain good timekeeping