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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   97.05% 97.24%
% persistent absence   5.15% 6.61%

We celebrate great attendance

  • 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.

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

  • 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 97-100% attendance go into the draw.
  • There is a prize draw for the children with 100% attendance for the whole school year.

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

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 phone the school. Let us know that they won’t be in and give the reason