The Godolphin Junior Academy Attendance
Why is attendance so
- Children should arrive at school no later than 8.45am. The
school day starts at 8:45am and we expect students to be on time to
encourage a calm and responsive start to lessons.
wish for every pupil to aim for 100% attendance. There is a
correlation between high attendance and high academic attainment.
are required by law to attend school 190 days per year. The Government
states that every pupil's attendance should be at least 97%. For pupils
and parents this can be translated into the following missed learning
- Pupils who have good attendance often make friends quicker
and sustain friendships well.
Pupils who fall
as low as 90% attendance will miss almost 4 weeks of school every year.
This is over 100 hours of learning.
If you need help getting
your child to school, please ask us, we are happy to help and in some
cases if needed collect your child.
Evidence shows that if a
child does not attend regularly:
My child has 90%
attendance, that is good isn’t it?
- They cannot keep up with their class work.
- They do not achieve the results they need
- They miss out on the social side of school and can have
problems maintaining friendships.
My child has odd days off
now and again, surely they are not going to miss too much?
- No, in relation to the amount of days absent over a year it
would equal 19 days absence, nearly four weeks off school.
My child is only absent
when she is ill.
- These odd days can surprisingly add up and during this time
they could be missing out on crucial learning.
What difference does it
make if my child is a few minutes late?
- If your child is ill you need to contact school to let them
know. If your child is persistently absent due to illness we may
request medical confirmation e.g. Doctor’s certificate.
I would like to book a
holiday in term time, am I entitled to 10 days holiday?
- Arriving late causes disruption and can be embarrassing for
the child. e.g. Walking into class when everyone is working.
- By arriving late they can miss the initial teacher input
which would make it difficult for them to understand the lesson.
Tips for good attendance
- No. Holidays will not be authorised during term time
- Please don’t let your child miss out on the education they
deserve. Every day in school counts
- Make sure school uniforms and bags/lunches/homework are
ready the night before to avoid panic/ lateness in the mornings.
- Find out who else lives nearby, so if you or one of your
children are unwell they may be able to travel to school with another
- As far as possible, make all doctors, dentists or other
appointments for after school or at the week-end so as not to affect
their attendance. An absence for an appointment is still an absence.
- Think carefully about
whether your child is really too ill to attend school. If you are
unsure, let the school make the decision - bring your child to school
and if they are unwell the school will contact you to collect them.
If you are worried your child does not want to attend school talk to
them and the school to check there is nothing else going on or any
issues that can be resolved.
Please see Slough Borough Council’s website for further information.
make every lesson count, please help us to do just that by aiming for a
high percentage for attendance.
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