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Attendance & Punctuality


At Roselands Primary School, we aim to ensure that all children receive an education that maximises opportunities for each pupil to reach their full potential.  In order to achieve this, we work hard to provide a welcoming, caring learning environment where every member of the school community 

feels valued.  


Every School Day Counts!


In order for our pupils to achieve their very best it is of paramount importance that their attendance is good.  Often, the reason that children are absent from school is due to illness.  You can help to ensure that your child’s attendance is good by leading a healthy lifestyle: exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced diet. Missing any period of time of schooling has been proven to be detrimental, both, academically and socially.


100% attendance 0 weeks of learning missed Best chance of success - well done!
95% attendance 1 week 4 days of learning missed 
90% attendance 3 weeks, 4 days of learning missed  Poor attendance - we're worried.
85% attendance 5 weeks, 3 days of learning missed 
80% attendance

At least 7 weeks, 3 days of learning missed

Very poor atttedance - we're seriously concerned




It’s important that the children arrive to school on time, ready and willing to learn. The gates open at 8.40am and all children are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:50am, with the gates being closed at 9.00am. Being late for school reduces learning time and can be highly disruptive and harmful to a child’s self esteem.  Entering a busy classroom after everyone else and missing the initial morning instructions means that that individual is playing ‘catch-up’ for the rest of the morning.


If your child is 5 minutes late everyday, they will miss 3 days of learning a year.


If they are 15 minutes late a day, they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.


What can parents do to help attendance?

  • If your child is unwell, phone and report this in to the office at your earliest possible convenience;
  • If you suspect that your child is a reluctant attender or is unhappy at school, contact the school as soon as possible so that any difficulties can be resolved;
  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time and is prepared for the day ahead; 
  • Take an interest in your child’s education. Ask them about their day and praise and encourage their achievements at school (If the children can see that you value education, they will too);
  •  Attend any meetings that you are invited to regarding attendance.


What can Roselands to do support attendance rates?

  • Availability of ICT breakfast club places allow flexibility of ‘drop –off’ times to school;
  • Promotion of good attendance is celebrated through distribution of weekly attendance certificates  to classes in assemblies;
  • Termly & Yearly 100% attendance certificates are distributed to pupils who have been in school for every session that term/year;
  • Monitoring of attendance and consultation with parents is ongoing;
  • Poor attendees are monitored and contacted regularly;
  • Poor attendees may be asked to an attendance meeting to identify if any support can be offered to the family to aid attendance;
  • All unexplained absences are followed up within the morning session.


Holiday in term time


In order to ensure that the pupils at Roselands Primary School receive an education that maximises opportunities for each pupil to reach their full potential, the Head teacher will not authorise term time holidays.  Any exceptional circumstances should be put into writing to the Headteacher and an individual decision will be made.

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