Attendance

It would be greatly appreciated if all parents/carers arranged their children’s medical appointments in the afternoon after 1:00pm.  This would ensure that children are in school during the morning sessions when literacy and numeracy are usually taught.

Visit to the Apple Store and Rest Bay

During the school year, children often receive rewards for a range of initiatives.  This summer, children who achieved 100% attendance for the summer term were given the opportunity to either attend an IT session at the Apple Store or a surfing lesson at Rest Bay in Porthcawl. The IT trainers and the surfing coaches all commented on the children’s excellent behaviour and their positive attitude to learning.

In the autumn term, we will be seeking feedback from parents/carers on all our incentives, including the recent attendance one.  We would welcome your views on how we continue to provide rewards for the children’s achievements.

 

 11th – 22nd July 2016 Equivalent percentage last year Summer Term percentage last year
94.4% 91.3% 95.5%

During the summer term, the school saw a good increase in the number of pupils who achieved 100% in the summer term compared with the previous year.  In summer 2015,  26% of pupils achieved 100% attendance.  However, in the summer term this increased to 49%.  This is an increase of 23%.

Historically, attendance in the summer term is approximately about 2% lower than both the autumn and spring.  In the summer term, the overall attendance was 96.08%.  This is higher than the autumn term (96.06%) and the spring term (94.95%).

 Thank you to everyone for supporting this initiative during the summer months.  Regardless of whether children achieved the reward or not, I am very proud of the children for their willingness to try and be in school every day. 

Visit to the Cardiff Apple Store and Surfing Lessons at Rest Bay

During the school year, children often receive rewards for a range of initiatives.  This summer, children who achieved 100% attendance for the summer term were given the opportunity to either attend an IT session at the Apple Store or a surfing lesson at Rest Bay in Porthcawl. The IT trainers and the surfing coaches all commented on the children’s excellent behaviour and their positive attitude to learning.

In the autumn term, we will be seeking feedback from parents/carers on all our incentives, including the recent attendance one.  We would welcome your views on how we continue to provide rewards for the children’s achievements.

Attendance Update: 27th June – 1st July 2016

Thank you to everyone for supporting this initiative.  It is fantastic to see children in school every day!

27th June – 1st July 2016 Equivalent percentage last year Summer Term percentage last year
95.4% 96.0% 95.90%

You will see that our attendance figure for last week was down on the previous year.  Please support the school in trying to improve its attendance target.  It would be greatly appreciated if children with medical appointments came into school for registration before going on to their appointment.  This will mean that they miss as little of lesson time as possible.

Attendance Update: 20th – 24th June 2016

Thank you to everyone for supporting this initiative.  It is fantastic to see children in school every day!

 

 20th – 24th June 2016 Equivalent percentage last year Summer Term percentage last year
96.9% 95% 95.90%

Please support the school in trying to improve its attendance target.  It would be greatly appreciated if children with medical appointments came into school for registration before going on to their appointment.  This will mean that they miss as little of lesson time as possible.

Children who have achieved 100% so far this term have been asked to choose their reward for the end of the summer term.  This year, there is a significant increase in the number of pupils achieving 100% attendance.  Thank you to everyone for their support with the initiative.

Attendance Update: 13th – 17th June 2016

Thank you to everyone for supporting this initiative.  It is fantastic to see children in school every day!

 

13th – 17th June 2016 Equivalent percentage last year Summer Term percentage last year
95.5% 94.3% 95.90%

Please support the school in trying to improve its attendance target.  It would be greatly appreciated if children with medical appointments came into school for registration before going on to their appointment.  This will mean that they miss as little of lesson time as possible.

Children who have achieved 100% so far this term have been asked to choose their reward at the summer term.  This year, there is a significant increase in the number of pupils achieving 100% attendance.  Thank you to everyone for their support with the initiative.

Attendance – 100% target for Summer Term

To encourage all pupils to come to school every day during the summer term, we are offering a prize for every child who achieves 100% attendance.

  • An IT session provided by a trainer from the Apple Store in Cardiff;

or

  • A 2-3 hour taster surfing session at Rest Bay in Porthcawl;

Children who have medical appointments will need to have their registration marks for both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Children with disabilities or significant medical conditions who have specific appointments as well as those who require time for religious observance will be exempt on these days.  Children who attend activities of an educational nature including music exams will also be exempt.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this initiative.  It is fantastic to see children in school every day!

Attendance Update: 11th April – 15th April 2016

 

11th – 15th April Equivalent percentage last year Summer Term percentage last year
98.7% 96.5% 95%

Attendance – 100% target for Summer Term

Thank you to everyone who ensures that their child is in school as much as reasonably possible.  As you are aware, the school is very committed to ensuring that all pupils are in school every day.

The school’s overall attendance fell last year, with the majority of pupils taking time off during the summer term.  This is in contrast to the majority of other schools that saw their attendance increase.

Therefore, to encourage all pupils to come to school every day during the summer term, we are offering a prize for every child who achieves 100% attendance.  Every child who is in school from Monday 11th April to Wednesday 13th July will be able to choose one of the following choices:

 An IT session provided by a trainer from the Apple Store in Cardiff;

  • A 2-3 hour taster surfing session at Rest Bay in Porthcawl;

 Children who have medical appointments will need to have their registration marks for both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Children with disabilities or significant medical conditions who have specific appointments as well as those who require time for religious observance will be exempt on these days.  Children who attend activities of an educational nature including music exams will also be exempt.

Attendance

Thank you to everyone within our school community who continues to support our aim for every child to achieve 100% attendance each year.

Unfortunately, the school attendance figures for last year  were lower than previous years.  Therefore, as a community we have a duty to ensure that all children are in school as often as possible.

Welsh Government legislation has been introduced which aims to improve pupil attendance across Wales. This also includes the introduction of fixed penalty notices for families with children who are persistently absent from school without a valid reason.

To ensure that all schools are carrying out the new Welsh Government laws, the following was introduced in 2014:

  • Leave of absence during term time will be discouraged. Parents and carers do not have the automatic right to withdraw their children from school for an annual holiday and will be reminded of the effect that absence can have on a pupil’s potential achievement.
  • A maximum of ten days per academic year will be authorised for a leave of absence. However, there may be ‘exceptional’ circumstances where absence over five days may be authorised. Governors will monitor the number of ‘exceptional’ circumstances which are granted during the school year.
  • To ensure a successful transition to the child’s new class, no days will be authorised in September.
  • To ensure that the school fulfils its statutory obligation to administer national tests in reading and numeracy, no days will be authorised during the month of testing.
  • To ensure that pupils are fully prepared for the next phase of their education, no days will be authorised on Year 6 transition days to the High School.
  • Holidays will be automatically refused authorisation if a child’s attendance is already below the cluster target of 95%. However, there may be ‘exceptional’ circumstances where absence may be granted.
  • Approval for a leave of absence will be checked retrospectively to work out a full year of attendance data.
  • Parents/carers must apply for a leave of absence no more than one week in advance.

It is important to remember that the above points apply to requesting a leave of absence, not sickness. However, if a child’s attendance is below 95% due to sickness, then a leave of absence will not be granted.

The school’s updated attendance policy can by downloaded from the school blog:www.bedwasjunior.com. It is also available as a paper copy from the school office. Welsh Government information about fixed penalties can be found at this address:http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/130925-guidance-regular-non-attendance-en.pdf

Attendance Policy

Thank you to everyone within our school community who continues to support our aim for every child to achieve 100% attendance each year. I am very pleased to inform everyone that last year, the school achieved its highest ever attendance figure. The average child’s attendance last year was 95.8% – a fantastic achievement! Thank you very much!

You may be aware that new Welsh Government legislation has been introduced which aims to improve pupil attendance across Wales. This also includes the introduction of fixed penalty notices for families with children who are persistently absent from school without a valid reason.

The Head Teachers of Bedwas Juniors, Bedwas Infants, Tyn Y Wern, Graig Y Rhacca and Machen recently met to consider a common attendance policy which will apply across the Bedwas cluster.

To ensure that all schools are carrying out the new Welsh Government laws, the following has been introduced:

  •  Leave of absence during term time will be discouraged. Parents and carers do not have the automatic right to withdraw their children from school for an annual holiday and will be reminded of the effect that absence can have on a pupil’s potential achievement.
  • A maximum of ten sessions (five days) per academic year will be authorised for a leave of absence. However, there may be ‘exceptional’ circumstances where absence over five days may be authorised. Governors will monitor the number of ‘exceptional’ circumstances which are granted during the school year.
  • To ensure a successful transition to the child’s new class, no days will be authorised in September.
  • To ensure that the school fulfils its statutory obligation to administer national tests in reading and numeracy, no days will be authorised the month of testing.
  • To ensure that pupils are fully prepared for the next phase of their education, no days will be authorised on Year 6 transition days to the High School.
  • Holidays will be automatically refused authorisation if a child’s attendance is already below the cluster target of 95%. However, there may be ‘exceptional’ circumstances where absence may be granted.
  • Approval for a leave of absence will be checked retrospectively to work out a full year of attendance data.
  • Parents/carers must apply for a leave of absence no more than one week in advance.

It is important to remember that the above points apply to requesting a leave of absence, not sickness. However, if a child’s attendance is below 95% due to sickness, then a leave of absence will not be granted.

It is also important to point out that based on current percentage data, it is highly unlikely that any parent/carer would be issued with a fixed penalty notice. However, it is the school’s duty to inform parents/carers about changes to the law. If requested, the school is very happy to meet with individual families to provide more information about the above changes,

The school’s updated attendance policy can by downloaded from the school blog: www.bedwasjunior.com. It is also available as a paper copy from the school office. Welsh Government information about fixed penalties can be found at this address: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/130925-guidance-regular-non-attendance-en.pdf