We want our children at Southroyd Primary School to enjoy coming to school.
Research proves that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success.
Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.
Why is it so important to attend every day?
- Each day’s learning builds upon those of the previous day and lessons are sequenced as a learning journey.
- Reading the material and completing work independently does not compensate for the direct interaction with the teacher - this only happens when a child is in school.
- Classes use discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities, and these cannot be made up by those who are absent.
Are there other benefits to my child?
- Pupils with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
- Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.
- Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behaviour, useful life skills and resilience.
6Darwin were winners of the attendance award! As their prize they went ice skating, with Jonathan Pryor, Leeds Councillor in charge of the city culture bid.
What parents can do to help
- Parents must model the value of education, including the high importance of attendance.
- Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrives on time. This will help establish a good habit, which they will continue through life.
- If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right. Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
- If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact school immediately. If you ask for home-learning, make sure your child completes it.
- Do not expect school to approve of shopping trips, birthday treats etc. during school hours. Arrange family holidays so that your child will not miss any learning.
- Take an interest in your child’s school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.