Important Notice

Smallwood Primary School Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit


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Ensuring that your child arrives in school every day, on time and ready to learn is the most important commitment that we ask of parents and carers.

We understand that children get unwell and may need to miss the occasional day off school. However, where children are consistently absent from school for a day or even a morning every week there is a proven negative effect on their achievement, their friendships and their overall wellbeing.

A large number of our pupils do manage to attend for 100 per cent of the time, and as a minimum we look for at least 96 per cent attendance for every pupil. Children are rewarded with certificates if they have 100 per cent attendance during a term.

Where a child's attendance falls consistently below 96 per cent we will request that their parent/carer comes in for a meeting to talk about the importance of good attendance. We will also seek to understand any ways in which the school is able to support families to ensure that children are in school every day and on time. Where the issue cannot be resolved at schools level and attendance does not improve, it may be necessary to involve the Local Authority, who have the power to take legal action as appropriate.

Improving Attendance

  1. All children are given a certificate at the beginning of the year. 
  2. Each Friday the class teacher stamps the back of the certificate if the child has had 100% or improved attendance that week.
  3. When a child has 4 stamps they are presented with a sticker at ‘Achievement Assembly’ the
    following Monday.
  4. ‘In to Win’ will award 3 winners each week for 100% attendance with a special pencil.
  5. Children will continue to aim for their next 4 stamps.