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The Importance of Regular Attendance At School

At William Barnes, the staff and governors recognise the importance of regular attendance at school

If children are to make the progress they are capable of.  To encourage children to attend school regularly, there are a number of rewards for children

1.  Children who achieve 99% or 100% during a term are given a special attendance certificate in our weekly Celebration assembly

2.  The class in Key Stage One, and the class in Key Stage Two with highest attendance each week are given a special playtime priviledge and awarded the attendance cup in assembly.  For Key Stage Two, this is an extra playtime on the “up top” netball court where the children can play a variety of sports.  For Key Stage One, the children have an extra turn riding the tricycles around the racing track.

3.  At the end of each year, children with 100% attendance are given a book voucher .

Children whose attendance falls below 90% are reviewed and if necessary parents are invited to meet with Mrs Wrixon to put together a plan to help improve their child’s attendance.  These meetings are arranged once each term.

The school’s current attendance target is 97.1% (May 2016).  This compares very favourably with our target of 95.6% for 2015/2016.  Please click on the link below to see a spreadsheet showing attendance by class over the past four years.


William Barnes Primary School Attendance