At Harwell School, our vision for your child is to help them develop a love of learning, along with the skills and the ways of thinking to excel at whatever they choose to do in the future.
Every day counts at school. Regular school attendance is an important part of raising standards and of children achieving more. Research has shown that consistent high attendance, and good punctuality, are crucial factors in pupils achieving their full potential.
- If your child attends school 100% of the time they will be able to make the best of the opportunities available to them.
- Children who attend school more than 95% of the time are more likely to gain 5+ good GCSEs or equivalent.
- A child who has 90% attendance across their entire schooling will have missed one year’s education!
Our target attendance rate as a school and for each pupil is 97+%.
At Harwell School, we recognise good attendance. These are the ways in which we are working to encourage better attendance and improve attendance which will in turn positively impact on the learning at school.
- Attendance owls – each week, the class in KS1 and KS2 respectively with the best attendance rate wins the coveted class attendance owl to keep in their class for a week
- Any class with 100% attendance receives an extra 10 minutes of supervised playtime one morning in the following week
- Attendance badges awarded at the end of each full term to all pupils achieving (and in many cases exceeding) the attendance target of 97%
We would encourage all our parents to read the school Attendance Policy which is based on the OCC policy Harwell School Attendance policy
We monitor attendance closely and work with families to improve attendance. Children, who have persistently poor attendance and low parental engagement, may sadly force the school to refer parents the county council attendance team.
Thank you for your continued help and support.
We also have policies and procedures for those children with long term medical conditions which may affect their attendance.
Parents may find these links useful: