At Blackgates Primary Academy we are committed to improving the attendance of children in our school because we know that there is a direct link between good attendance and educational outcomes.  Pupils who have poor attendance are more likely to achieve less GCSEs and more likely not to be in education, employment or training when they leave school.

In order to achieve well, children must come to school regularly and on time.  If a child has less than 96% attendance they miss at least 10 days a year, which can add up to more than a whole term of learning time over the course of their time in primary school.

As well as having good attendance, arriving at school on time is also extremely important.  If children arrive late to class, they miss important learning and some children tell us it makes them feel embarrassed and it takes them longer to settle on a morning.  You know yourself, if you ever arrive late to work or to an event, how that makes you feel.  Arriving late to school can really impact on a child’s day.  Arriving 10 minutes late every day means that children miss nearly an hour of learning over the week and if this happens regularly in a half term, they could miss the equivalent to a whole day’s learning.

At Blackgates Primary Academy we are committed to improving the attendance of children in our school because we know that there is a direct link between good attendance and educational outcomes.  Pupils who have poor attendance are more likely to achieve less GCSEs and more likely not to be in education, employment or training when they leave school.

In order to achieve well, children must come to school regularly and on time.  If a child has less than 96% attendance they miss at least 10 days a year, which can add up to more than a whole term of learning time over the course of their time in primary school.

As well as having good attendance, arriving at school on time is also extremely important.  If children arrive late to class, they miss important learning and some children tell us it makes them feel embarrassed and it takes them longer to settle on a morning.  You know yourself, if you ever arrive late to work or to an event, how that makes you feel.  Arriving late to school can really impact on a child’s day.  Arriving 10 minutes late every day means that children miss nearly an hour of learning over the week and if this happens regularly in a half term, they could miss the equivalent to a whole day’s learning.

          

Every week, the class with the highest attendance rolls the dice and plays Blackgates Monopoly.  If they land on a ‘Chance’ they get a treat chosen by the School Council.

Children who achieve 100% attendance each term are rewarded with a certificate and given a raffle ticket to be entered into a prize draw to win a voucher for the White Rose Shopping Centre or a family treat, such as the cinema or bowling.

Children who greatly improve their attendance are also entered into the prize draw and praise is given to them and their parents for making attendance and/or punctuality more regular. They receive a ‘Most Improved Attendance’ award.

 

 

We work very closely with BCL Consultancy who support us to improve attendance at our school.  They support parents to understand the importance of regular attendance and punctuality, help them to establish routines and are a key link between home and school.