Attendance Team

Mr Chris Story

Mr Chris Story

Senior Attendance Champion
Principal

Miss Josie Howarth

Miss Josie Howarth

Senior Attendance Champion
Academy Senior Wellbeing & Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Michelle Rankin

Mrs Michelle Rankin

Attendance Officer
Education Welfare Officer

Mrs Anne-Marie Cartwright

Mrs Anne-Marie Cartwright

Independent Education Welfare Officer
Education Five Ltd

At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, we take a positive and proactive approach towards school attendance, because we know that children that attend school regularly are more likely to achieve well, and have more opportunities to socialise and experience the wider opportunities on offer. Our approach is led by our attendance team, who are displayed above. The approach is summarised here under five 'pillars':

We expect your child to attend school almost every day. This means their attendance should be above 95%. Although attendance of 94%, for example, may sound positive, that is actually 11 school days a year of absence. That is a lot of learning and a lot of social time missed! The documents listed below explain further about attendance percentages, and your child's live attendance figure is available for you to view in the MCAS app.

If your child's attendance is begins to decrease, or is frequently late, we will let you know so that you are aware of the impact that their absence is having. Our approach is supportive - whatever barrier you or your child is facing to having good attendance, we will work with you to find a solution. This could be, for example, support for emotional-based school avoidance, signposting to breakfast club or organising a meet-and-greet. Our support could also involve outside agencies where appropriate.  

We aim to work proactively to prevent any child from becoming a persistent absentee - that is where attendance is less than 90%. If a child becomes a persistent absentee, school works 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.

For more information on our approach to attendance, please read our documents below, and our attendance policy, which can be found on the policies page here.

Attendance

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Attendance is a team effort - this document demonstrates our vision for working together to ensure our school achieves good attendance
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This diagram shows you what good attendance looks like - and the impact of missed days.
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Absences can be authorised or unauthorised - this document provides guidance on what we are allowed to authorise or unauthorise when your child does not attend school.
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If your child is always late, they miss valuable learning time - this document shows the negative impact of lateness on your child's education.
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We strongly discourage taking holidays during school term time - this document explains the legal implications from the Local Authority should you choose to do so.
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There will be some occasions when your child is sick and can't attend school - this document provides you with the official guidance for sickness/medical related absences to minimise any further spread of infection.
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If your child is poorly, look at this guide so you know how to inform school and when they can return to school.