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We aim for all learners to be above 97% attendance which is higher than the national average.

Regular attendance at Wallscourt Farm Academy is essential for all learners to achieve their full potential. Working in partnership with families ensure learners receive the best education we can offer.

Attendance at Wallscourt Farm is a priority and therefore remains a core area of school focus and development.

Why is learner attendance important?

All schools have a responsibility to ensure that the whereabouts of all children are known. All schools have a ‘duty of care’ to follow up all absences in accordance with the regulations. Monitoring and improving attendance is not just about pupil safety, although this is of course paramount. Good attendance also enables pupils to achieve well – attendance is the single most influential factor on achievement.

“Our aim is to ensure that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and no child slips through the net”.

DfES, ‘Every Child Matters: Next Steps’, 2004

  • Research shows children and young people who attend school at least 95% of the time are more likely to achieve good results.
  • Patterns of attendance tend to be set in Early Years.
  • Local data capturing children’s progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage shows a clear correlation between attendance and achievement, which continues throughout Primary and Secondary School.
  • Good attendance develops the essential life skills necessary for young people to be responsible and successful citizens and is important for personal, social and emotional development and self-esteem.

How does lateness impact on attendance?

Learning starts at 8.45am as soon as learners arrive, from Reception to Year 6. When learners arrive late, they miss key learning opportunities which impacts on the sequence of learning and can impact upon their personal, social and emotional development and self-esteem.

5 minutes late every day = 3 days of school lost a year
10 minutes late every day = 6.5 days of school lost a year
15 minutes late every day = 10 days of school lost a year
20 minutes late every day = 13 days of school lost a year
30 minutes late every day = 19 days of school lost a year

 Attendance Targets and Guidelines

97% and above – pupils are meeting Academy target

95 – 96% – pupils below target.

94 – 95% – pupils are significantly below target.

91 – 93% – pupils are in danger of “persistent absentees”.

90% and below – pupils are officially “persistent absentees”.

What do the percentages and/or days mean?

Percentage AttendanceNumber of days lost learning in a yearEquivalent to
95%91 days absent in every 4 weeks
90%191 days absence every 2 weeks
85%281 days absence every 6th day
80%381 days absence every week or one whole school year missed over 5 years.


Important Legislation

The Education Act 1996 Para 444 Subsection (1) If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, their parent is guilty of an offence Subsection (1A) If, in the circumstances above the parent knows that their child is failing to attend regularly at the school and fails without reasonable justification to cause them to do so, they are guilty of an offence.

Attendance Policy & Fine Leaflet

Attendance Policy

South Gloucestershire Attendance Penalty notice

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