Attendance

At Fairways we are proud of our consistently above average attendance rates. 

We encourage children to ‘be tough’ and come to school every day, even if they have a minor ailment. 

We work in partnership with children and their families to support good attendance. Take a look at the table below for a reminder of the importance of attendance.

Percentage Attendance

Actual Attendance

Whole Days Absent per year

Learning Hours Lost per year

100%

190 days

0

0

99%

188 days

2

10

98%

186 days

4

20

97%

184 days

6

30

96%

182.5 days

7.5

37.5

95%

180.5 days

9.5

47.5

90%

171 days

19

95

89%

169 days

21

105

88%

167 days

25

115

87%

165 days

27

125

86%

161.5 days

28.5

135

85%

161.5 days

28.5

142.5

80%

152 days

38

190

Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child regularly attends school.

In line with 'Amendment to Southend Borough Council’s Code of Conduct under the Provision of the Education (Penalty Notices) Regulation 2004' , our attendance procedures are as follows:

 

1.If your child is ill, please contact the school before 9.15am on the first day of absence and every subsequent day that your child is absent from school. Failure to do this will result in an unauthorised absence.

A Penalty Notice may be issued if there is absence of 20 school sessions (10 days) or more within a 24 week period.

 

2. Fairways Primary School will not authorise any holidays during term time. However, leave of absence may be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

A Penalty Notice can be issued if:

There have been 10 sessions (5 consecutive days) or more of unauthorised absence due to leave taken during an academic year;

AND

Attendance is below 90% during the preceding 12 weeks before the leave was taken.

 

The importance of daily school attendance and punctuality cannot be over emphasised. Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable pupils to fulfil their potential. 

We reward good attendance with badges, certificates and gift vouchers.