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WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

This week I have been focusing on student attendance and doing some research to see how I can support some of our students with their attendance and punctuality to school.

We understand that students will have days when they’re not able to come to school, whether it is because of illness or other personal circumstances; however, missing too much school can be seriously detrimental.

A child who misses school just twice per month will lose out on 18 days’ education across the school year – that’s nearly four weeks.

It may seem like missing a few days of school every now and then isn't a big deal, but research shows that it can have a significant impact on a student's learning and students who miss a substantial amount of school fall behind their peers and struggle to catch up.

The transition from Primary School to Secondary School can be very difficult and when speaking to Year 5 and 6 students they will often share concerns regarding meeting friends. We work with the students to ensure everyone has the opportunity to create friendships, however it is also important to look at the impact absence from school can have on friendships; it can be hard for a child who misses lots of school to form relationships with their school friends if they are not there.

One of my key focuses for me is to ensure that our Year 7 students get the very most from their time at school which can only be achieved if the students attend. I would therefore like to work with parents to ensure students are in school as much as possible. If you are concerned about your child and believe there could be other underlying concerns affecting them coming into school please contact myself or Miss Briggs so we can work together to resolve these.

In the meantime I would like to thank parents for all of their support in the first half term and I look forward to working together throughout your child’s time in Year 7.

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7