Attendance, Punctuality and Absence From School

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Attendance and Punctuality

For children to achieve to the best of their ability, they must attend school every day and be punctual. Most children who meet these expectations will make very pleasing rates of progress during their time at Haggerston School. Our wish for all of the children here is that they make the most of everything that the school has to offer (academically, socially and more holistically with regards extra curricular opportunities and enrichment). That is only possible if children are here every day, on site by 8.30am ready for line-up/lesson one and are ready to learn/engage with the opportunities available.

Any absence affects the pattern of a student’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Absence disrupts teaching routines, and so may affect the learning of others in the same class.  It is widely known that the link between a student’s attendance and attainment is irrefutable – students who miss large amounts of school do not achieve as well as those who attend regularly.  Poor attendance habits follow through from secondary school into employment.  To break these patterns, the school will work closely and supportively with parents and will intervene swiftly where there are concerns. Once a student’s attendance percentage drops below 97%, students’ academic outcomes can drop significantly. At Haggerston School we have the high expectation that every student should be striving to achieve 100% attendance every academic year, and our goal is to see the whole school figure rise towards this.

As a school we are striving to achieve an overall attendance that exceeds both local and national averages and continues to improve from year to year. Below is the overall school attendance for the last three academic years. In the academic year 2019/20, attendance processes and systems were completely redesigned to address the percentages below. We expect to see an uplift in the academic year 2020/21 as a result of the new systems in place.

2017/182018/192019/20
94.2%93.8%93.8%

At Haggerston School we have the high expectation that every student should be striving to achieve 100% attendance every academic year, and our goal is to see the whole school figure rise towards this.

Please click on the links below to view our attendance policy and our COVID-19 addendum to the attendance policy. The latter document gives parents detailed advice about COVID-19 and school attendance.

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