"You have created a well-structured curriculum that develops pupils’ knowledge in academic subjects such as English and mathematics, but also provides pupils with a rich range of other opportunities." Ofsted , April 2018.
Because children feel safe and secure in school and enjoy learning, their attendance is good. Each year the school aims for 96% overall attendance to meet government requirements. Due to changes in national legislation the headteacher is unable to authorise holidays during term time except in the case of families of service men and women returning from active service. However, when children are attending special events e.g award ceremonies or family weddings, the headteacher is pleased to authorise a one day absence.
WHAT DOES YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE MEAN?
The City of Sunderland Education Authority has provided the following table as information for parents.
|5 minutes late every day = 3 days of school lost a year|
|10 minutes late every day = 6.5 days of school lost a year|
|15 minutes late every day = 10 days of school lost a year|
|20 minutes late every day = 13 days of school lost a year|
|30 minutes late every day = 19 days of school lost a year|
Our Attendance Winners - Well Done!
At Seaburn Dene Primary School we have high expectations of attendance from all pupils. We strive for every child to be in school every day. Regular attendance is essential to ensure children reach their potential both academically and socially.
The Department for Education has issued new and stricter guidelines for absences to which schools must abide:
“Regular attendance is crucial to raising and maintaining high attainment. If pupils do not come to school, they cannot learn what is taught in a lesson, practise what has been taught, or improve on their performance. There is a clear correlation. Pupils who attend regularly achieve more highly.” (OFSTED Framework section 4.3)
In January we held our first termly attendance awards to recognise children with good or better attendance in the Autumn term. Medals and certificates were given to pupils from Reception to Y6.
118 pupils received awards for achieving 96.5% plus attendance across the term, including 45 children with 100 % attendance.
Bronze Awards: 96.5%-97.2% attendance (2.5 -2 days absent.)
Silver Awards: 97.9% - 99.3% (1.5-0.5 days absent.)
Gold Awards: 100% attendance.