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‘Missing school is missing out - attendance matters’

At Sandown we expect every child to be an ‘Attendance Hero’. This means they are here every day, on time and ready to learn.

We believe children need regular and punctual attendance to have full access to the curriculum. Children lose valuable learning time when they are absent or late.

Good attendance means more learning opportunities and more choices. Being punctual is a lifelong lesson – starting now will set them up for life.

At Sandown we have a great attendance record and in the academic year 2019-20 only 0.34% of students were late.

  National average Sandown 2019/20 Sandown 20/21 year to date
Overall attendance 96% 97.05% 97.19%
Persistent absence 8.2% 5.15% 4.87%

In KS1 and KS2 the class with the best attendance for the week can care for either the ponies or chickens for the following week. We celebrate great attendance!

“I like it because we get to take care of the animals. We can talk to them and they make us happy.” 

“I like going to the Chickens because it gives us a chance to see their habitats and how they live.”

“I like going in to see the ponies, I like stroking them because they are really friendly.”

  • We have prize draws at the end of terms 2, 4 and 6. The names of all the children who have been on time with 97+% attendance go into the draw.
  • There is a prize draw for the children with 97+% attendance for the whole school year.

“I like coming to school and I like the rewards, I cross all my fingers and toes!”

“Good attendance makes me feel pretty good because it shows that I have a happy time at school.”

“I like being rewarded because it makes me feel good for always being at school.”

When your child is ill 

It can be tricky deciding when to keep your child off school when they’re unwell. See the NHS advice on Is my child too ill for school?

If you do keep your child at home, you must let the school know before 9.30 am on the first day of absence by: