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'Working  and Growing Together' with Attendance


Weekly Attendance Target = 96%                 


Attendance 2016/2017

Attendance 2017/2018


Overall attendance





At Fitzwilliam Primary School we recognise the crucial role good school attendance plays in a childs academic progress, their mental well-being, happiness and health. We work diligently with pupils, parents and carers to ensure that every childs attendance is a good as it can be. Our attendance target is 96%.

School monitors attendance daily and acts swiftly when a childs attendance becomes a concern. School has effective support from our Education Welfare Officer who works effectively in partnership with school to secure good attendnace for all children.


Explanation of Annual Percentage (%) Attendance


Days Missed Over a Year











If your child’s attendance is under 95%, they are missing at least two weeks of learning time a year. If their attendance is at 90%, they are missing four weeks. This will significantly affect their work and reduce their grades.

School celebrates good attendance in a number of ways which include:

Attendance Celebrations

Golden Tickets - every child who achieves 100% attendance in a term recieves a Golden Ticket. These Golden Tickets go into an end of year draw to find our Golden Ticket worker.

Attendance Champions - We celebrate attendance weekly during our Monday assembly when we plot each classes assembly on our class grid to find our weekly champions and also our half termly champions. The class with the best attendance at the end of each half term get hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Attendance Letters - At the end of each term every child gets a colour coded letter which tells you all about their attendance.

Green Letter Fantastic attendance   which is above the national expectation of 96%. Keep up the good work!

Orange Letter - Attendance is above 90% but below the expected attendance of 96%. Please work with school to improve your child's attendance.

Red Letter - Attendance is a great concern to school and we are working hard with the Education Welfare Officer to help supportyou to make sure your child comes to school every day!


White Letter - Attendance that has been greatly impacted on by non-preventable medical needs.




The responsibilities in relation to attendance are as follows:-

Set high expectations for pupil attendance, and monitor individual and whole school attendance on a daily and weekly basis,
Identify causes of concern with regard to pupil attendance.
Conduct first day response where there is unexplained absence.
Invite parents/carers into school to discuss pupil attendance which is a cause of concern.
Work with parents of individual pupils to try to improve attendance and punctuality.
Work in partnership with Wakefield Authority and the Education Welfare Service and the Inspire Partnership MAT.
Maintain electronic registration data systems effectively and deploy them robustly to facilitate presentation reports.
To provide attendance data for parents.
Promote attendance at all levels.
Celebrate excellent and improved attendance.
 *Please note school does not authorise holidays during term time. Please download a holiday request form below if you need to request leave of absnece during term time.


To ensure pupils arrive at school on time everyday and that routines are in place at home to support this.
To contact school by 9.30am on each day of absence if the absence is unavoidable.
To obtain evidence where possible to support medical absence.
To avoid term time holidays, and attempt to minimise school time appointments.


To arrive at school, on time everyday with correct equipment and ready to learn.
Comply with school regulations regarding attendance and punctuality
Discuss any concerns they may have with staff regarding attendance and punctuality.


The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership to promote and facilitate improved attendance, at an individual level, by supporting the Fastrack to Attendance Programme; and at a whole school level using proactive strategies and action plans.
The Education Welfare Service will work with children and families to ensure their school attendance and safeguarding is maintained.
The Education Welfare Service will provide guidance with regards to Children Missing Education.
The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership with other agencies and will offer advice and signposting for referrals to appropriate organisations.
The Education Welfare Service will undertake legal action on behalf of the school.
Wakefield Local Authority will support the school with networking and training events and with individual School Audits and Action Plans.


  • Part of:Inspire
  • Aspire Teaching School
  • National Teaching School
  • National Teaching School