At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, we take a proactive approach towards school attendance – we want everyone to achieve their full potential! We reward good attendance half-termly whilst monitoring the signs of poor attendance to prevent any child falling behind. We believe in identifying triggers early on so that we can encourage families/children to become more engaged with improving their attendance - We have a specialist ‘Safeguarding Officer’ and an ‘Education Welfare Officer’ that work relentlessly to get our children into school – we understand the importance of developing strong links with the community of Hardwick… attendance is a team effort between school and home!
If a child’s attendance is good, we offer certificates across year groups and organise special rewards for those children who are consistently above 95%. Recently, top attenders have enjoyed a pizza delivery, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van for their incredible efforts.
If a child’s lateness or poor attendance is begins to increase, we may call home, send out a letter or conduct a house visit – we will do our best to contact parents/carers and offer our support. We aim to prevent any child from become a persistent absentee. If a child becomes a ‘Persistent Absentee’, we work closely with the Local Authority to address this and may eventually seek court action – parents/carers have a legal duty to make sure their children attend school.
At Hardwick Academy, families are made aware of the importance of having high attendance at school – educational research clearly evidences that there is a link poor school attendance and future job prospects. For more information on our approach to attendance, please read our attendance policy.