Encouraging Good Attendance
At St Barnabas and St Paul's, attendance is of paramount importance. It has been proven that children who attend school everyday and who are on time, succeed in their studies, make progress and have an improved well being. If pupils are not in school, it becomes difficult for them to build on their skills and progress. In addition to this, there are also heightened safeguarding concerns as to why the pupils are missing from their education. Attendance is always a high priority in school and we work closely with our parents and the community to ensure that our pupils are in school, safe, happy and learning.
At St Barnabas and St Paul's we understand the impact good attendance and punctuality has on our children’s learning and we believe in rewarding good attendance and punctuality to engage and motivate our children. We have many initiatives to support and celebrate attendance and punctuality so that it remains a high profile in school and with our families.
To support good attendance and punctuality:
The Head Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, School Business Manager, Inclusion Team, Office Team and Phase Leaders make up our a strategic Attendance Team.
- Attendance is monitored daily by either the Office Team or the Inclusion Team.
- School have a thorough and robust system for obtaining the whereabouts of all of our pupils.
- Attendance is everyone's responsibility and any concerns with attendance are raised promptly.
- Weekly Attendance Team meetings occur in school.
- The Inclusion Team work closely with children and families to support and encourage good attendance and punctuality.
- Mrs Withey holds a termly celebration of good attendance in a whole school assembly. Each child with 100% attendance at the end of every term will receive 100% attendance certificates and prizes.
- Class attendance is shared on the school newsletter which goes out weekly to our parents.
- Weekly attendance data for every class is displayed on our website.
- There is a display in the hall celebrating each classes attendance.
- For those children who require support on an individual basis, a bespoke reward system is in place.
- The Inclusion Team meet monthly with our 'Education Welfare Officer from Blackburn with Darwen' to monitor good attendance.
To reward and celebrate good attendance and punctuality:
- Every week school holds a celebration assembly to award the Attendance trophy and certificate to the class with the best attendance.
- At the end of each half term, the class with the best attendance is awarded with a prize that the children have chosen.
- At the end of each full term, the class with the best attendance is awarded with a prize that the children have chosen.
- At the end of the year, every child who has achieved 100% attendance is awarded a 100% medal. Their name is also put into a prize draw to win a special prize such as a family cinema trip, a scooter, etc.
Every school day counts as we ensure that our children "Be the best for God that they can be."