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Attendance Information for Parents

Kitchener Primary School
Attendance Information for Parents
In order to help you understand what your child’s end of year attendance certificate means, please read the following information carefully. The table below illustrates what your child’s percentage means as defined by WG (Welsh Government).
     Attendance               Welsh Government Judgements
95% - 100%
Very good 
95% 1 week, 4 days of learning missed
92.5 – 94.9% Good
90 – 92.4% Satisfactory
90% 3 weeks, 4 days of learning missed
Below 90% Needs attention pupils will struggle to learn effectively
Below 80% Cause for concern 
80% At least 7 weeks, 3 days of learning missed
Research demonstrates that there is a strong link between the amount of absence in a school and the qualifications that a pupil achieves. If a pupil misses 17 days of school or more a year, this often leads to a drop of a GSCE grade across all subjects.
Of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve five A* to C GSCEs including English and mathematics. This compares to 73% of pupils with over 95% attendance achieving five A* to Cs including English and mathematics. (DfE July 2011)
Every lesson in school is vitally important. If your child misses school, they will find it difficult to catch up with the learning and as a result could fall behind and not achieve their full potential.
·         The Welsh Assembly Government’s target for pupil attendance is 95%.  Anything under this figure could mean that the Educational Welfare Service will contact you to find out why your child has been absent from school.
·         It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school everyday.
·         Parents responsible for children who exhibit poor attendance risk prosecution and a Fixed Penalty Notice fine
·         Children are not allowed to go on holiday during term time
·         Poor attendance means many weeks of learning missed. A pupil with a typical attendance record of just 90% over their entire 11 year statutory education will miss over a year of school.
·         Ensure your child arrives promptly at school for an 8.55am start to their learning day
·         If your child arrives late, go to the main reception to report your child has arrived
·         Your child needs to attend school before or after a medical/dentist appointment
·         If your child is ill and can’t attend school for whatever reason, then contact the school immediately
·         If you are concerned about your child’s health, then contact your doctor straight away
Kitchener Primary School is determined to provide the best education for every pupil. Staff, are always available to talk about any concerns or problems you might have which are stopping your child attending school. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you need advice or support with attendance issues.