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  • Uncategorised Comments Off on BRONZE STAR AWARDS


    100% attendance for the Autumn Term (September 2019 to December 2019)

    Congratualtions and a very well done to all the children who recieved their BRONZE STAR attendance award for the the Autumn Term.

    93 children, came to school every day, and received their badges during a special assembly.

    The Head Boy/Girl and their deputies awarded the children their badges.

    Keep attending !!!

    Excellent Attendance at school = Excellent attainment

  • Uncategorised Comments Off on Attendance


    Our Attendance target, for every child,  for the end of the School Year is 96%

    Despite our best efforts to keep our children well, unfortunately our school attendance dropped alittle below our target.

    Whole school attendance = 94.3% for the Autumn term (September 2019 to December 2019)

    At school we did have a number of virus’ and some children did become very unwell, we do understand this and appreciate that children can not attend school when they are unwell.

    However, there have already been improvements:

    For the Spring term (2a) Janaury 2020 to February 2020) our attendance percentage has improved. It is 95.7%

    And for the time from September 2019 to The end of February 2020, it is 94.7%

    Hopefully, has the better weather returns, your children will continue to be well and then our attendance will continue to improve.

    Many thanks for all you support and co-operation, and hopefully we will be rewarded with all children attending every day on time.

  • Uncategorised Comments Off on Attendance Information

    School Attendance Matters

    At St Mary’s Blackbrook, our attendance is good: however, we want to update you with our latest procedures for Attendance and Punctuality.

    Excellent attendance and punctuality at school are important to allow a child to fulfil their potential.

     If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend their school regularly and maintain a good pattern of attendance throughout their school career.

     Miss School – Miss Out

    Leave of Absence

     All requests to take your child out of school should be made in advance on the Leave of Absence form, available from the School Office or on our Website.

    We are not permitted to authorise absence due to holidays

     The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which came into force on the 1st September 2013, made it clear that Head Teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist. The Governors of our school support this legislation.

     Family Holidays

     You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Whilst we understand that holidays can often be cheaper during term time, any child who is absent from school due to a family holiday will miss out on important learning, which could possibly lead to them falling behind with their school work. In each academic year, there are only 190 statutory school days – this allows time for holidays to be arranged out of term time.


     Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning. Attendance percentages can be misleading. For your information, outlined below is the Local Authority’s position and expectations in relation to a child’s overall level of attendance at school.


    100% Attendance


    0 days missed.  Excellent  
    95% Attendance

    9 days of Absence

    1 week and 4 days of missed learning.





    92%-95%. Engage with the school to introduce strategies to improve your child’s attendance to prevent further absences.


    19 days of Absence

    3 weeks and 4 days of missed learning.



    Once a child’s attendance is below 90% they are classed as a Persistant Absentee.

    Referral to Education Welfare Service if required.


    28 days of Absence

    5 weeks and 3 days of missed learning.



    Very Poor


    At risk of Fixed Penalty Notice.

    Referral to Education Welfare Service

    Below 80%


    38 Days of Absence

    7 weeks and 3 days of learning missed.





    Increased risks of Fixed Penalty Notice.

    Referral to Education Welfare Service.


    • For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school, during the school year – that’s nearly 4 weeks.

    If your child is ill, please inform the school before 9.30am. It is important to communicate with the school to keep us informed of your child’s health.

    Our Procedures

     If we do not receive a message about your child’s absence, we will text you and leave a voice mail. Please respond to this message. If we do not receive a response, our Education Welfare Office will be requested to make a Home Visit.

    Please note that if we do not have a reason for absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised.

    BEING ON TIME IS IMPORTANT                                                          

    Please ensure your child is punctual – The doors open at 8.50am, and children start their ‘Wake up’ work to get them ready for their lessons. We close all of the classroom doors/area doors at 9am. Please ensure that your child enters school before 9am. If they arrive late after 9am. They must be accompanied by an adult, who brought them to school, to the main office, signed in, and they will receive a late card, a late mark will also be recorded in the register. If they arrive late, after 9.30am, they receive an ‘Unauthorised late’ mark.

    For those children who walk to school by themselves and arrive late, we will contact parents via text message to inform you that your child has arrived late. This is an important part of our safeguarding procedure.

    Appointments in school time

    We do recognise that hospital appointment times cannot always be changed, but refrain from making other appointment during the school day where necessary. If you wish to collect your child during the school day for an appointment, please provide the appointment card or letter.

    We are here to support you with your child’ education and well being. We all want the best possible school experiences for the children at St Mary’s Blackbrook

    We want to ensure that our pupils make lasting friendships, achieve in examinations and make a positive contribution to our society.

    Please note that we realise that there are some exceptional circumstances where a child may have poor attendance or prolonged absence from school and we aim to support you as a family to overcome these issues.

     Mrs Knapper or our Education Welfare Officer are the contacts for attendance and punctuality issues. Please do not hesitate to speak with them, if you have any concerns about your child’s attendance.

  • Uncategorised Comments Off on Attendance Information



    St Mary’s Blackbrook Primary School is having a excellent year with regards to our school attendance percentage

    This school year our attendance stands at 96.4%. This is above our school target of 96%, and above the governments target of 96%

    Statistics have shown the attendance at school links to attainment.

    Thank you for help and support so far, bringing your children into school, arranging appointments after school or during the school holidays – this really helps.


  • Uncategorised Comments Off on Bronze and Silver Attendance Star Awards

    Congratulations !!!!!!!!

    On Friday 30th June 2017 the children were awarded with their Bronze Star (Spring Term 100% attendance) or their Silver Star (Autumn and Spring Term – 100% attendance)

    During the assembly we were treated to a Musical Delight from Y4 for the Juniors, and our youngest members of school performed for the Infants.

    Thank you to all Parents/Carers for attending and making this assembly very special for all the children.

    Keep up the good work

  • Uncategorised Comments Off on Bronze Star Attendance Assembly

    Congratulations to all of the children who received a Bronze Star for 100% attendance during the Autumn Term.

    On Friday 27th January 2017 we invited parents to a special assembly to watch their children receive their Bronze Star.

    In total 166 children received their Bronze Star.

    Well done !!  Keep attending


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