St Swithun Wells' Attendance & Punctuality Target is 97%
(from Government Guidance for full opening of schools)
In March, when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was increasing, we made clear no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.
Now the circumstances have changed, it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
The school will continue to follow the government guidance on attendance for pupils who are shielding or self-isolating.
Parents must follow the government and school's expectations and procedures if their child or any household members develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst at home or if they have been contacted through the Test and Trace route.
IF CHILDREN DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, A TEST WILL BE EXPECTED AND THE SCHOOL MUST BE NOTIFIED STRAIGHT AWAY IF:
1) A CHILD HAS DEVELOPED COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
2) A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST HAS BEEN CONFIRMED
St Swithun Wells’ Catholic Primary school seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential. We encourage all members of the community to reach out for excellence. The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure.
Good attendance is essential if students are to take full advantage of school and gain the appropriate skills they will need and reach their full potential. The school aims to achieve good attendance by operating an attendance policy within which students, staff, parents and Education Welfare Service can work in partnership.
The school will monitor attendance and ensure quick and early intervention if a problem is identified. Holiday requests during term time will not be authorised. All staff will encourage punctuality and good attendance and work closely with families to encourage good attendance.The school will encourage good attendance among children through a system of rewards.The school Governors will monitor attendance closely and work with the Headteacher on attendance issues. The school is also expected to provide monthly attendance returns to the LA for statutory monitoring.