At Westgate Hill we have a good attendance and punctuality record which with your help we will maintain. Pupils should attend school every day and pupils should arrive on time!
Did you know that by missing just 5 minutes every day that will be missing 3 days school across the year? Missing 30 minutes each day, will lose 19 days of learning. Children need to attend school for 190 days a year, which means there are 175 days to go shopping, make appointments or go on holiday.
Please make sure that routine appointments are made in school holidays or at the end of the school day.
WE DO NOT AUTHORISE HOLIDAYS. Requests for absence are only granted for exceptional circumstances.
We have an attendance target of 95%, which is above the national target of 94.7%. In our latest Parents’ Evening, we presented certificates to all those children who had met or exceeded our school target of 95%.
The class with the highest attendance score in each key stage is rewarded with the attendance trophy and a certificate during assembly. We also reward classes for improving their attendance with certificates and an extra 5 minutes playtime!.
If pupils are unwell and cannot attend school we would ask parents to contact the school in the morning to inform the office of any absences.
100% Attendance Events
Each half term, we invite every child who has 100% attendance over the half term to a very special event. These have included bouncy castles, picnics and discos! The children love to find out if they are going to receive an invitation and there is a real buzz around school on the day of the event. If your child would like to be invited, just make sure they are in school every day!
Our Local Authority attendance officer is Tracy Lamb, and she can be contacted on 0191 2774500. Tracy supports families where attendance over time is an issue, and agrees parenting contracts with those parents whose children are at risk of becoming persistent absentees. She also supports the school in bringing prosecutions for parents who fail to ensure that their child comes to school regularly.