At The New North Academy, we are constantly striving to be the very best that we can be, and are committed to driving improvement where it is needed. An area of school life that we have worked hard to improve is attendance and punctuality...making sure children are in school, on time, every day.
We're delighted with how hard our families work to make sure attendance is over 95% and the partnership between home and school to keep this a priority.
Some key facts to keep attendance high:
- Children should be in class and ready to learn at 9am on the dot. The school gates open at 8.40am and children can start to come in to settle into classes from 8.45am.
- We expect all children to be in school, every day for the 189 school days we are open
- There are 176 days where children are not in school where we expect holidays and medical appointments to be made
- If children are persistently late or absent parents run the risk of receiving a penalty notice (monetary fine)
- The government have recently re-emphasised their expectations of positive school attendance. If your child’s attendance drop to below 95% (this is 10 school days) you are judged to be Persistently Absent and this can potentially result in further fines and Court Orders. This is the government expectation, for all schools, and not just NNA.
We work hard to celebrate the commitment of children and families by holding Attendance Focus Weeks where those with the best attendance receive certificates and trophies; these run every month.
For those children and families who arrive on time, every day for a whole term or year there are also special rewards. Mrs Nimira Lalji is our Attendance and Admissions Leader. She works alongside Mrs Lynn Jago, our Education Welfare Officer, and is the person you should talk to if you have any worries at all around attendance and punctuality.
What does good attendance look like? Find out more information here