AttendanceAt St Michael's we believe that education is important because it provides our children with the skills needed for life. In order to gain these skills, children need to attend school regularly and punctually – this is both for academic and social reasons.
We aim to: Listen, understand, empathise and support – but do not tolerate poor attendance.
As a school we will work closely with children, parents and the local community to resolve attendance issues. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child attends school on time, unless there is an authorised reason for their absence.
A number of incentives are in place to promote good attendance; these include:
- End of term certificates for 100% attendance.
- Display board in reception area to celebrate good attendance.
- Prizes awarded to consistently high attending children.
- Praise cards sent home for those who have improved their attendance
The Government have set a minimum attendance level of 96% for every child.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's attendance, please contact Miss Vicky Cockell our Attendance Officer.
Celebrating Good Attendance!
Last year, we decided to shake up how we celebrate attendance at St Michael's. With the help of the School Council, we were able to welcome parents of children who achieved 100% and 99% attendance for the year to our Attendance Extravaganza!
The School Council felt that it was important to not only celebrate 'perfect' attendance but to also congratulate those children that have managed to achieve good attendance of 99%. They also felt it was important for these children to still receive a prize of a certificate as well as a badge so people can recognise their achievements when they see them in the corridors.
Then we had to decide what prizes those who have not missed any days of school would achieve.
We were given a difficult question to answer - Do we give out just one big prize and the winner is picked at random or do we try and make sure everyone who has achieved perfect attendance receives something, even it was something small?
The School Council showed their kindness and put themselves in the shoes of the children who would be in the assembly. One child said 'I think it is more important that everyone wins something, rather than just one person. If that means we can't have a big prize at all, then that is ok because it's more important that everyone feels special.' It was agreed this was the most important part of our celebration and we were able to give those who received 100% attendance a certificate, gold badge and a £5 Amazon voucher!
Luckily we were able to have two big raffle prizes donated by Rush Trampoline Park and Mr Mulligan's Crazy Golf. This was very generous and we are very grateful to these companies for their help. We were able to put all of the names of children who achieved 100% attendance into a raffle and 2 names drawn at random won these great prizes to enjoy with their families over the Summer!
We had an amazing time celebrating with our parents - there was music, laughter and a photo booth with props!
Thank you to our School Council for your amazing time and effort with your work on this project!