We understand that children get unwell and may need to miss the occasional day off school. However, where children are consistently absent from school for a day or even a morning every week there is a proven negative effect on their achievement, their friendships and their overall wellbeing.
A large number of our pupils do manage to attend for 100 per cent of the time, and as a minimum we look for at least 96.6 per cent attendance for every pupil. Children are rewarded with attendance leaves if they have 100 per cent attendance during a term, which they are able to add to The Cavendish Attendance Tree. They receive a certificate and a gift voucher if they have 100 per cent attendance at the end of the school year.
Where a child's attendance falls consistently below 96.6 per cent we will request that their parent/carer comes in for a meeting to talk about the importance of good attendance. We will also seek to understand any ways in which the school is able to support families to ensure that children are in school every day and on time. Where the issue cannot be resolved at schools level and attendance does not improve, it may be necessary to involve the Local Authority, who have the power to take legal action as appropriate.