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Attendance at Waverley Primary School

It is incredibly important that your child attends school every single day. As a school, we expect all children to achieve at least 96.1% attendance over the school year - we feel that this allows for a reasonable amount of days off through illness. 


We have a number of rewards systems in place to ensure that children who attend well, or significantly improve their attendance are rewarded for their efforts. 


We also have a number of sanctions that may be used if your child's attendance is causing us concern. 


These are outlined on this page, but if yiou have any further queries do come and speak to us in school.


How do we reward brilliant attendance at Waverley?

Excellent attendance is vital in order for children to achieve their full potential. If your child attends every day, on time they have an opportunity to earn a number of rewards:

  • Weekly attendance shop: Every week, all children in school who have attended every day on time will be given the opportunity to select a reward from our attendance shop.
  • Weekly book winners: Every week all the children with 100% attendance that week and no late marks will be entered into a draw and one winner from both the lower and upper school  will be able to choose a book from the book hampers. 
  • Half termly attendance shop: If your child has 100% and no late marks for the whole of the half term they will be able to select a larger reward from the half term attendance shop. 
  • Termly certificates: Every child in school with 100% attendance for the term will receive an attendance certificate presented in our achievers assembly at the end of each term as well as a surprise gift (these vary from term to term).
  • Yearly award: All pupils who achieve 100% attendance for the whole academic year will receive a special experience at the end of the summer term (this could be a party, trip to cinema, bowling or as last year a NERF party in school). They will also be awarded with a special certificate to mark the achievement and a 100% attendance badge to wear with pride on their uniform. 


What happens if we are concerned about your child's attendance

We want to work with you to ensure that your child attends well. If there is an issue that may impact on your child's attendance please come and discuss this with us as we may be able to work with you to resolve the issue.


The government define any child whose attendance is less than 90% as a persistent absentee. If your child is a persistent absentee, these are the steps we will take:

  • We will offer you a Parent Contract. This is an opportunity for you to come in to school and discuss your child's attendance with the Attendance Officer (Mrs Gardner) or Director of Pastoral Care (Mrs Selkirk). At this meeting we will talk about what might be impacting on your child's attendance and how we can work together to ensure that it improves. 
  • Following the offer of Parent Contract, we will internally monitor your child's attendance. During this time, we will not authorise any absences without medical evidence (e.g. a doctor's note or proof of medical appointments). 
  • If, following internal monitoring, we are still concerned about your child's attendance we will refer the matter to the local authority who will legally monitor your child's attendance. This can result in fines and prosecution. 



Week commencing 24th February


A Huge congratulations to Nursery, Year 4L and Year 6 who still achieved above national average of 96% this week despite the snow on Monday and viruses we had in school. Overall though our attendance was badly affected with the whole school only reaching 92.3%.


Let's hope the weather is kinder next week. 

Week commencing 10/02/2020


Attendance is back on the up this week with the whole school coming in at 96.2%. This means for the first half term of spring the whole school achieved 96.95% exceeding national average of 96.1%. Well done everyone let's see if we can continue this level for the rest of this term.

Week commencing 03/02/2020

It as been a tough week attendance wise this week with viruses across school which meant our attendance dropped to 95.3%. Let's hope everyone is on the mend and we can get back to above National Average.

Friday 31st January


Well we have done it again with the whole school attendance reaching 97.2% this seek (National average 96.1%), well done everyone especially Year 1 who had 100% attendance this week. 

Lets keep it going and have an amazing Spring term.

Friday 24th January 2020


We are still going exceptionally well for this term and once again the majority of our classes exceeded national average of 96.1%. Overall the school reached 97.3%, that is three weeks in a row of over 97%. Congratulations everyone, keep the good effort going.

Friday 17th January 2020

We have done it again! with 9 of the 10 classes reaching above national average and the remaining class only just missing out. Overall there has been a slight increase this week to 97.9%, can we do it again next week? 

Friday 10th January 2020

What a fantastic start to the new term with all but one class achieving above national average attendance this week. Overall the whole school attendance was an amazing 97.8%. Let us all work hard together too see if we can continue at this level.

Friday 13th December

Year 3, 6 and 1 all have above 96% attendance this week. Next week in assembly, we will be giving out 100% attendance certificates to those pupils with 100% attendance so far.

Thursday 5th December

Attendance has started to increase again this week after the Norovirus swept through many schools in the North East. Overall, we were above national average at 96.8% with Year 6 in the lead with full attendance.

Friday 22nd November

This week Year 6 have a total percentage of 99.3% followed by Year 2 with 98.3%. Year 5 have a total of 94.4%.

Friday 15th November

As many schools have been hit across the North East with a sickness bug, our overall attendance this week has unfortunately been 88.7%. Can I remind parents/carers to provide medical evidence when your child has a medical appointment during school hours and report any absences to the school office at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Friday 8th November

This week Waverley has achieved 96.3% attendance overall which is above the national average for schools. Reception and Year 2 have done particularly well with 99% attendance followed by Year 6 at 96%

Friday 25th October

This week school has achieved 96% attendance overall. Well done to Year 6 with 100% attendance and to Year 2 with 97%.

Friday 11th October

This week attendance has been excellent once again with Nursery, Reception and Year 2 with 96%. School had an overall total of 94.7% and can I thank all pupils, parents/carers for being punctual on a morning before school as this week there was only 8 late marks throughout the whole school all week.

Friday 4th October

This week school achieved a total of 95.4%. with most classes achieving over national average. Our Year 6 class had 100% attendance followed by Year 1 with 98% and Nursery with 96.9% despite the flu/sickness bug that has hit across school.

Friday 27th September

This week despite the sickness bug/flu that has hit school, Year 6 still managed to achieve national average 98% attendance followed by Year 3 at 96.3% and thirdly Year 4 at 96%. Attendance awards were given out today at the shop where KS2 Pupils could choose a key ring for their locker keys.

Friday 20th September

Congratulations to Reception who have 100% attendance this week, 6 out of our 8 year groups achieved above National average this week. Overall this is the third week in a row hat the school has exceeded National Average attendance, please keep up the good work.

Friday 13th September 2019

This week Year 2 have achieved 100% attendance with no lates. Overall the whole school has a total of 96.1% attendance which is above national average. Well done for getting your children to school on time so far this year, we have had very few lates this term.



Welcome back to the start of the new academic year. Once again attendance is a priority at Waverley and we will be working hard to ensure that we meet the high target set by Mrs Leeming of 97% for the school year.


Once again we will be working closely with our Attendance Officer Mrs Gardner who is on hand to offer advice if you are having any issues with regards to your child's attendance at school. Our attendance shop is open once again and the children will be rewarded each week, half term and termly.


We appreciate your support in assisting the children to attend school each day and on time. Thank you





Waverley's overall attendance for the year 2018-2019


Our aim for our whole school attendance in 2018-2019 was to exceed the government target of 96.1% to reach 97%. Our overall attendance for the year was 95.53%. This was short of both targets, term time holidays in both term 1 and term 6 had a detrimental affect (parents please take time to read through our new attendance policy as this indicates the key changes we have made to procedures regarding holidays in term time). However our attendance continues to improve year on year and has increased by 0.7% in the last year.


Our persistent absenteeism has reduced from 11.68% in 17-18 to 8.75% in 18-19.


Thank you to our pupils and parents who have supported our attendance team by ensuring the children are in school each day on time.


Please note: from September there will be changes to our attendance policy which has been circulated to you by e-mail.