At Southmere we believe that regular attendance, beginning from their first day in our Nursery, is essential to ensure that your child has the best possible start to their education. Our target for pupils is 96% attendance and we regularly reward pupils who have met their target with special celebration events and activities. These range from certificates in assemblies to red carpet events with film or theatre shows and a very special end of year event on the last day of the summer term.
Children whose attendance is less than 90% are classed by the government as 'persistent absentees' and may be referred to Bradford Council's Education Social work service. Research has shown that there is a very clear link between poor attendance and poor attainment.
At Southmere we believe that early intervention is the best way to prevent absence impacting on children's education, and we want to work with parents and carers to ensure that absences are kept to a minimum.
This means that if your child is absent and you have not contacted school to let us know why our attendance team will telephone you. We also make home visits to find out the reason for your child's absence. We may also invite you into school for a confidential discussion to find out how we can work together to improve attendance.
We have been working very hard to improve both attendance and punctuality at Southmere and to reward children who have done their very best to be here every day.
Your child has arrived in time to settle well and has the best possible
start to their day
Your child has probably arrived just after most children as the school days starts at 8.50 a.m.
Your child is late and has missed the beginning of the school day, being a few minutes late often unsettles children.
5 minutes late a day means 3
lost days a year.
10 minutes late a day means 6 lost days a year.
15 minutes a day late means 9 lost days a
Arriving after the register closes is recorded as an unauthorised absence and counts as a half-day missed.
We also know how important it is to arrive at school on
time, and regularly encourage children to complete our Early bird week
challenge. During Early Bird week all children will be given a sticker card and
every day that they arrive on time they are able to add a sticker to their
chart. At the end of the week every
child with 5 stickers is presented with a special Early bird certificate to
celebrate. Our school day starts at 8.50
a.m. and we hope that you will get in practice for Early Bird week by
encouraging your children to be ready to arrive at school promptly-so please join
us in the challenge to help children to arrive at school on time, and come and
celebrate with us in our good work assemblies.