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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. 



Autumn Term 2 - 2021

We are continuing to work hard to increase our overall attendance which has risen slightly to 92.7% for the whole school including Nursery. Aside from children's absences caused by Coronavirus we have noticed an increase in the number of childhood diseases such as chicken pox across school.


Despite all of this our Year 1 class continue to lead the way still achieving above nation al average with 96.19%, very closely followed by our Reception children on 95%. 


31 of our children attended school for 100% of the Autumn term and they have received their certificates from the class teachers. A huge well done to these children who have achieved this in very difficult circumstances. 


Attendance remains a key priority for the school, the Outer West Learning Trust and Newcastle City Council. If children are not in school they are not learning and we are all working hard to close the gaps created by the pandemic.


As the Covid-19 guidance is regularly changing if you are unsure of whether you can bring your child to school, please contact the school office for clarification. 

Autumn 2021 term 1


It has been a really tough start to the year attendance wise with not only Covid 19 but the return of the winter flu and vomiting bugs. Overall our attendance is way below average at 91.8%. We will continue to work with parents next half term to try and improve this.


A huge congratulations to Year 1 who have still managed to achieve above national average (96.1%) with 96.5% for the first half term. 



The total Attendance for Academic year 2020-2021 is 96.4%! Well done everyone, we have achieved the national average despite the challenges we have faced this year in relation to Covid-19. In comparison to other schools we remained relatively unscathed and I’d like to thank everyone for coming together to keep the Waverley community safe. Year 1 have done exceptionally well overall this year with 97.4% followed by Year 3 with 97.3%!


Our Attendance Officer will continue to work for us and will re-start her work on September 6th.


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





Week ending 16/07/2021
The Attendance this week is 96.1% Well done Nursery with 98.4% and Year 4 with 97.8%! Years 1, 3 and 5 also achieved the 96% national average this week! Our Attendance Officer will re-start her work on Monday 6th September.