For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. At West Earlham Junior School we consistently work towards a goal of 100% for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents and carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

In 2016 attendance at West Earlham Junior was 96.3% compared to the national average of 96%.

If your child is too ill to attend school please contact the office to let them know the reason for the absence. If no reason is given the absence will be coded as unauthorised.

West Earlham Junior School uses a Traffic Light system to inform parents and carers on a half termly basis about their child’s attendance.  Green letters are sent if the attendance level is 96% or above. You will receive an orange letter for attendance between 95.9% and 90% If attendance is below 90% a red letter will be sent.

We believe in rewarding good attendance and at West Earlham Junior School there are many and varied awards:

  • Every class that has 100% attendance for a whole week with receive a sticker on their class chart. These stickers build up to a class reward.
  • The class with the highest weekly attendance will have Elmo, our attendance mascot, in their classroom.
  • For the four weekly award the class with have juice and biscuits.
  • For the half termly award the child will have an extra playtime.
  • Those children with 100% for the whole academic year receive a certificate, gift voucher and a special cooking session which parents and carers are invited to.

Something to think about ….

90% sounds like a high percentage but this means that on average your child misses one day of school every two weeks.
80% attendance is equivalent to one day off per week.

Did you know?

Over a school year:

  • 5 minutes of lateness every day is equivalent to 3 days of learning time lost.
  • 10 minutes of lateness every day equals 6.5 days lost.
  • 20 minutes of lateness every day equals 13 days lost.

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