Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. At Ward End Primary School we strive to achieve the national expectations for attendance and to reduce the number of pupils who are persistently absent.
Regular School Attendance
Good attendance shows secondary schools and future potential employers that your child is reliable.
Ward End Primary School records details of all children’s attendance and absence at school. We must do so at the beginning of morning and afternoon sessions. If your child is absent, you must tell the school why immediately.
The school will record the absences; the Local Authority will receive this information for each child. The Department of Education also receives annual attendance data for the school.
Your Responsibilities as a Parent
By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering their child at a school – though some choose to make other arrangements to provide a suitable, full-time education.
Once your child is registered at Ward End School, the parent is legally responsible for making sure they attend on a regular basis. If your child does not attend school on a regular basis you could get fined or be prosecuted in court.
How to Prevent your Child from Missing School
You can help prevent your child missing school by:
- making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
- taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
- discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher know about anything serious
- not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
To avoid disrupting your child’s education, you should arrange appointments and outings:
- after school hours
- at weekends
- during school holidays
- You should not expect Ward End Primary School to authorise absences for a holiday during term time.
Written in Partnership with Birmingham Local Education Authority.
Support on School Attendance
A child’s school attendance can be affected if there are problems with:
- housing or care arrangements
- transport to and from school
- work and money
If your child starts missing school, you might not know there is a problem. Talking to your child’s class teacher and the pastoral team is the best approach to tackling any issues.
Support from Ward End Primary School.
The school is the first place to discuss any attendance problems. The school will agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.
If your child’s attendance gives the school reason for concern (the trigger point is when attendance drops below 95 per cent) we will invite you into school to discuss support and next steps to improve attendance.
At Ward End Primary we strive to ensure that our children leave school equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed at secondary school and later in life. Our whole school attendance target is 96%. This is also the national average figure for whole school attendance.