Supporting Good Attendance
Good attendance is important for all our children and is encouraged from the very first day a child joins our school. At Pennyman, our first step in supporting attendance is to have regular contact with parents/carers on the school gates and playground at the start and end of every day and with phone calls and home visits. We keep parents/carers updated of their child’s attendance through weekly postcards and half termly text messages. We encourage good attendance with the children through rewards and recognition; every class take part in our weekly attendance snakes and ladders game to win prizes and the class with the highest attendance wins our attendance trophy filled with treats. We also recognise individual pupil effort for 100% attendance with entry into a half termly draw for toy shop vouchers. At the start of each academic year, we ask parents/carers to sign a Good Attendance Home School Agreement (link below).
The overarching approach to attendance at Pennyman is through our Attendance Graduated Responses. We regularly review the attendance of all children who are not yet of compulsory school age (5-15 years) using our Pre-5 Attendance Graduated Response in order to ensure they are attending as fully as possible. Our Attendance Graduated Response is based on the previous half term’s absence with consideration of pastoral needs and significant medical factors.
Pre-5 Attendance Graduated Response
When children are considered compulsory school age
If parents/carers have any questions about attendance or would like support with their child’s good attendance, please speak to your child’s class teacher, Mrs Kelly (Pastoral Lead) or Mrs Clement (Assistant Head for Attendance).