Attendance Initiative Launch

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Dear Parent/Carer,

East Barnet School is committed to providing an excellent education for all. Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential. As a result, we have revised our procedures and look forward to working with parents, carers and students to ensure excellent attendance and punctuality.

We wish to work in partnership and are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends school every day and on time. The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group.

Group 1: No Concern – Green Group
The child attends for 97% – 100% of the time.

Group 2: Concern – Yellow Group
The child attends for 95% – 96.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group
The child attends for 93% – 94.9% of the time.

Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group
The child attends for 90% – 92.9% of the time.

Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement – Red Group
The child attends for 0% – 89.9% of the time.

Impact on Attainment:

Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for students to maximize their learning, and achieve full potential. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Form time begins at 8.45am and all students need to be on site by 8.40am. Any student not present when their name is called, who subsequently enters the classroom will be marked late. Students arriving after 9:30am without a genuine reason will be marked as ‘Unauthorised Late’ which counts as absent.
  • Ensure the School has up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text or by telephone if your child is absent. This ensures that truancy is quickly identified for safeguarding purposes.
  • If your child is ill, please contact the School on the first day of absence by 9:00am and provide medical evidence on their return to school. Please make sure you telephone the school every day your child is absent. If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised.

Please can you support us by ensuring that medical appointments are made outside of school time, and that holidays are not taken during school time.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance or queries about our new initiative, please contact Ms Sclare our Attendance Officer.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality.

Yours sincerely,

L Swaine

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