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Attendance REALLY Matters!

Attendance REALLY matters to everyone at Markington Church of England Primary and Nursery School.  Regular attendance is crucial in terms of securing progress and ensuring all children maximise their potential during their time with us. Good attendance means above 95% (which is actually 8 days off across the year) and this is our current whole school attendance target. We believe that we can all work together to ensure that every child attends school as often as possible.

What do attendance figures REALLY mean?

Is my child too unwell to attend school?

We understand that illness is unavoidable and when children are too poorly to attend school, parents/carers should contact school on the first morning of absence.  It can sometimes be difficult to decide if your child should be sent to school when they are suffering from certain illnesses, particularly as you may be concerned about passing the illness onto others.  Here is the official guidance from Public Health England regarding illnesses and whether time off school is advised.

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Why is punctuality so important?

Being late adds up to a loss of learning too – being just 5 minutes late each day adds up to 3 days of learning loss across a year! Please support your child by helping them to get to school on time every day.  NB The school day starts at 8.45am.  If you would like support with getting your child to school on time, please get in touch.

What do I do if I would like support with attendance or punctuality?

Should you wish to discuss your child’s attendance and punctuality with us or, if you would like to discuss how school can support you with all matters related to this, please contact Mrs Lyman, who will be happy to help.

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