At Willow Tree Primary School we are committed to raising the attainment of the pupils at our school. To ensure all pupils achieve their potential it is vital that they attend school daily. This attendance page will give you all the information you might need about attendance at Willow Tree Primary School.
Our School day starts at 8.55 a.m. but Mrs Wilkinson will be ready on the yard to welcome you into school from 8:35am
We offer a Breakfast Club from 8.15 a.m. for just 50p a day to help support good attendance and punctuality.
If your child is too ill to attend school we would request that you phone school on the first day of their absence and also keep us informed of progress. On your child’s return to school we would be grateful if you could provide any proof of illness obtained to enable authorisation of the absence.
If you wish to talk to someone about attendance please come into the school office to make an appointment with our Attendance Officer: Mrs Wilkinson.
If your child is 30 minutes late every day they miss 2 and a half hours a week. That works out at 4 days a term and 12 days a year!
If your child is between 5 and 16 years old and is a registered pupil at school, it is your legal responsibility to make sure they attend regularly.
If your child misses 1 day of school a week they miss 7 and a half weeks a year. This is more than half a terms learning!
The Government classifies any pupil whose attendance drops below 90% as a Persistent Absentee. Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly. Once attendance drops below 90% the Local Authority are informed and parents may face a fixed penalty fine. Fines are charged per child and per parent. If a fine is not paid or attendance continues to decline then the Local Authority may take parents to court for prosecution. There are a range of sentencing outcomes for the court to impose on each responsible parent, including:
Where attendance at school drops below 95% school will issue you with a warning letter. Ensuring your child comes to school everyday and on time is the utmost importance.
To encourage the children, we offer fun incentives for every child who achieves 100% attendance at the end of each half term. All pupils who achieved 100% attendance during Autumn 1 (Sep 20-Oct 20) celebrated by playing stand up bingo with Mrs Wilkinson.
Click on the links below to see our Attendance Newsletters.