- About Us
- Reception 2024
At Dunsford Community Academy we expect the highest standards of attendance and punctuality for each child.
Our Trust’s mission is ‘to transform children’s lives’. Excellent attendance and punctuality are crucially important in order for children to maximise their achievement in school and to be well-prepared for the demands of the next stage of their education. Research evidence and national statistics link high attendance to the achievement of academic and personal development.
We discourage routine medical or dental appointments during school hours, and we encourage all pupils to work towards 100% attendance. High attendance is celebrated (in our weekly class newsletters, for example).
Children every day and on time is key to steady progress and enjoyment of learning, and for this reason the school is dedicated to ensuring maximum attendance.
A whole calendar year has 365 days – a school year has only 190 days. This leaves 175 days to spend on family time, visits, holidays and other appointments.
We encourage regular attendance by:
We expect that you will:
100% = Our target for every child
97%+ = Excellent
96% - 97% = Good
94% - 95% = BEGINNING TO CAUSE CONCERN
BELOW 93% = WORRYING AND LESS CHANCE OF SUCCESS
90% = PERSISTENT ABSENCE SERIOUS ATTENDANCE CONCERN
5 minutes late per day = 3 DAYS LOST
10 minutes late per day = 6 DAYS LOST
15 minutes late per day = 9 DAYS LOST
20 minutes late per day = 12 DAYS LOST
30 minutes late per day = 18 DAYS LOST EACH YEAR!
“Failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people’s education, their future and their life chances.”
We have a comprehensive Attendance and Absence Policy; absences are strongly discouraged.
Penalty notices may be used as a deterrent to prevent a pattern of unauthorised absences developing.