Attendance & Punctuality
"Attendance and punctuality are given the time and attention it requires - it is clearly a high priority." Attendance Officer, Leeds Education Authority
Morley Victoria Primary School believes that all children should take maximum advantage of the opportunities offered to them in school, to enable them to reach their full potential. Being at school on time and every day is crucial to a child maximising their potential.
Along with attending school every day, being punctual is extremely important and in fact an essential life skill. We encourage our children to come to school on time each day and this is part of each class’s Investors in Pupils Mission Statement. Our lessons start straight away after registration at 8.45 am. The children who are regularly late therefore miss vital learning time each day. This can then add up to a significant amount of learning time lost within a half term. If there are children who are repeatedly late we will contact the parents and carers to establish reasons for this and we will work together to resolve the issues.
If your child is unwell, has an appointment or cannot attend school for any reason it is really important that you let school know as soon as possible. Attendance of every child at Morley Victoria is closely monitored and followed up with a phone call if the absence is unexplained or prolonged. We aim to not let the attendance of any child fall below 95% - if this happens we have a meeting to establish what the issues are and how we can help to ensure attendance improves.
Attendance is a key priority, every week class attendance is announced in assemblies and displayed in school. The winning classes each week will be Tweeted on the main school Twitter page for parents and carers to see. Over the period of a term we do track a child’s individual attendance. Having 100% attendance within a term is a real achievement and something that we recognise at the end of each half term in a celebration assembly by giving badges to those who have achieved this. Their names then get placed into a prize draw and a winner from Key Stage One and Key Stage Two receive a special prize.
At the end of the year we also look at those children who achieve 100% attendance for the whole year. Trophies are awarded for this amazing achievement. Finally, when a child reaches the end of Year 6 we look at their 'career attendance' and celebrate with those who have been at school every day throughout their time with us.
Attendance is always written into our termly newsletters, is part of our Governor days, external teaching and learning reviews and is always on the agenda at the Governors Pupil Support Committee. Our attendance team is part of all meetings and feed back on the whole school picture - all of this information is then relayed back to the full Governing Body.