APPENDIX A 

STRIVE FOR 95+%

Our school is working very closely with the Education Welfare Service to promote the importance of regular school attendance

 

As part of our attendance strategy, we will be monitoring and addressing patterns of school attendance through the “STRIVE FOR 95+%”Scheme.  You will be receiving a letter informing you of your child’s “Attendance Zone” at the end of each school term.

 

The 3 different attendance zones are:

RED: ATTENDANCE BELOW 90%

AMBER: ATTENDANCE ABOVE 90%

BUT BELOW 95%

GREEN: ATTENDANCE ABOVE 90%

We therefore, as a school wish to work closely with parents to help and support all pupils to move into or stay in the Green Zone

 

Traffic Light Zones

 

Each “Attendance Zone” represents different levels of pupil absence.

RED ZONE
All pupils who are in the “Red Zone” have an attendance level of below 90%.  Pupils who fall within this zone are regularly absent from school and are significantly less likely to achieve their potential.  Such pupils will be closely monitored by the Education Welfare Service.
AMBER ZONE
All pupils who are in the “Amber Zone” have an attendance level of between 90 to 94.9%.  Pupils with this level of attendance are a cause for concern and are at risk of under achieving at school.
GREEN ZONE
All pupils who are in the “Green Zone” have an attendance level of 95% or more. This zone recognises patterns of good to excellent school attendance. Pupils who fall within this are more likely to do well at school and achieve good results.
HOW MISSED DAYS ADD UP
80% REPRESENTS 38 DAYS LOST
85% REPRESENTS 29 DAYS LOST
90% REPRESENTS 20 DAYS LOST
96% REPRESENTS 8 DAYS LOST
98% REPRESENTS 4 DAYS LOST
REMEMBER, EVEN 90% ATTENDANCE OVER 5 YEARS  EQUATES TO HALF A YEAR OFF SCHOOL!

Punctuality

It is also very important to attend school every day and on time. 5 minutes late each morning and afternoon and your child will miss 1 hour of school every week or a full day each term. So being on time counts too!

 

How Parents can help:

 

 Contact the school promptly on the first morning of every absence 

 

 Make every effort to arrange medical and dental appointments outside of school hours 

 

 Encourage your child to attend school regularly 

 

 Support the school in ensuring that your child arrives promptly at school every morning 

 

 Contact the school to discuss any problems or emerging issues with your child 

 

 Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school 

 

Holidays

We ask all parents for their full support in ensuring that holidays are not taken during term-time. There are a total of 175 non-school days every year to take holidays and arrange other family visits and activities.

 

Why regular attendance at school is so important

 

 To achieve your child’s full potential 

 To learn and to make new friends 

 To develop a wide range of new skills 

 To build confidence and self-esteem 

 To develop social skills 

 To develop awareness of other cultures and to be part of a wider community 

 

REMEMBER!

GIVE YOUR CHILD THE  BEST START IN LIFE. EVERY HOUR COUNTS EVERY DAY COUNTS...

For further information, please either contact your child’s school or your local Education Welfare Officer.

 

Education Welfare Service

Torfaen County Borough Council

Pearl House

Pontypool

Torfaen

NP4 6YB

01495 742 559

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