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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. 



ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 - 2021


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





Week ending 25/09/2020

We have has another strong week on the attendance front with the whole school achieving above National Average with 97.1% this week. 


It was a very close race amongst the classes with 8 out of 9 classes above the required 96.1%, well done to Year 5 coming out top with 98.6%.

Week ending 17th September


Attendance this week has dropped across school with 95.9% attendance this week. Well done to 5 of the 8 Year groups who all exceeded National Average.

Week ending 11/9/2020

Welcome back to the start of a new term in very different circumstances. It has been great to see all of children back in school and happy to be here. 

We have an amazing start to the year with 98% attendance for the week. 

Waverley's overall attendance for 2019-2020


We had a great start to the year on the attendance front with school achieving above National Average for a number of weeks. However due to the unusual circumstances surrounding Covid-19 our attendance was impacted and our annual figures have been taken as of the 20th March when school went into lockdown.


However our attendance across all years was 95.46% which is just below national average of 96.1%. Thank you all for your support and we again aim to exceed this level in 2020-2021.


Our attendance team have continued to work hard to reach out to those families on our persistent absentee report and this figure continues to reduce with 8.88% for the last academic  year.

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.