At Silverwood we know that regular attendance is directly linked to good outcomes and develops skills for life and work. Please support the school in this by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time.
Being 20 minutes late every day means you miss 100 minutes of learning every week. Multiply this by 39 weeks a year = 3900 minutes missed a year. Basically, this is 65 hours missed a year!
National pupil attendance is around 96%. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 177 out of 190 days to meet national expectations.
Understanding types of absence
Every ½ day absence from school, by law, must be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. Therefore, information about the cause of absence is always asked for.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason such as illness, medical appointments and emergencies.
An absence is classified as unauthorised, if the reason was not recognised as acceptable by the school. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as what is acceptable and what is not.
Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:
Promoting Attendance and Support
We believe that working together with parents and carers is the best way to result in positive attendance outcomes for our pupils.
Our Head of Learning and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Terri Chard TerriChard@silverwood.wilts.sch.uk , is happy to work with both pupils and families to improve attendance and punctuality. Come and talk to any member of the Senior Leadership Team if you are having any problems and we will be able to find a flexible solution.
We understand that some children will face additional barriers to accessing education, but attendance and punctuality is still very important to us, we cannot be complacent where there are instances of unacceptable, low pupil attendance, or if pupils are regularly late to school.
Wiltshire Council is keen that we adopt measures and involve external agencies if the level of attendance requires us to do so. We understand that the complex needs for some of our pupils may require a degree of medical intervention. However, we know that being in the school environment is essential for all our pupils, therefore we have high expectations of attendance and parents/carers will be contacted if their child’s attendance falls below 95%.