Attendance

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. Every student at Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Community Primary school, in line with the Government and Local Authority expectations, is expected to maintain an attendance level of 95% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, students, staff and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we monitor and review the attendance of all pupils constantly. If a child falls below 90% we are required by the LEA to make parents aware of this information.

Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non urgent medical and dental appointments. 95% of one school year means they will have had less than 10 days absent.

Attendance over One School Year

If a student had:

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school

 Attendance over 5 year (Years 7-11) …

If a student had:

85-90% attendance = having about half a year off school

80% attendance = 38 weeks off school = one whole school year missed

Absence from School

There is, however, a discretionary power held by Headteachers to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. Please note this is not an entitlement. The Headteacher will only authorise absence in line with the East Riding Behaviour & Attendance Partnership ‘Absence From School For Exceptional Circumstances Policy’. Headteachers will not authorise absences if they believe it is to the detriment of a child’s education.

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