Attendance news…

At the end of the last academic year, our whole school attendance was 94.6% – a very slight increase on the previous year which was 94.3%.  However, this still falls short on our attendance target of 96% which remains for 2018/19.

Children are expected, by law, to attend school every day.  As you are aware, attendance and achievement are closely linked and good habits developed early in life do have an impact on levels of achievement.  The negative impact of regular absence also affects your child’s friendships, self- esteem and confidence.

As part of my role, I am available every morning on the school playground to speak to parents regarding any concerns you may have which could affect your child’s attendance.  Alternatively, I can be contacted on the main school numberand/or appointments can be arranged to see me in school at your convenience.


The main school day starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.15pm.  Classroom doors open at 8.50am and close at 9.00am.  Children should therefore be in school and ready to learn at these times.  Children arriving after 9.00am will enter school via the main reception and will be recorded as late.  Timekeeping and punctuality is extremely important.  If your child is persistently late they are missing out on vital learning opportunities at the start of the school day.  Letters will be sent to parents of children who are persistently late at the end of each Half Term.

Reporting Absence

We appreciate that there will be times when your child may be too ill to attend school.  Should this be the case, we request that parents contact school as a matter of importance to speak directly to myself or leave a message.  If we do not receive a call or message, I will contact parents to ascertain the reason for absence.  If no contact is possible and/or parents are unable to provide a valid reason for absence, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised.  Attendance checks are carried out on a daily, half termly and termly basis and home visits are carried out where necessary.  I will continue to work very closely with the Education Welfare Service again this academic year and attendance letters of concern will be sent to parents of children who have persistent absence which falls below 90%.  Please look out for the attendance table which will be available soon on the school website to check how your child’s class attendance is doing.

Celebrating Attendance Success!

We will continue to celebrate the success of children who do achieve 100% attendance.  In addition to the weekly prizes for attendance we are now offering termly prize draws.  Prizes so far have included a Cadbury’s chocolate hamper and a family cinema ticket.  Please watch out for our upcoming prizes which will be advertised on the attendance display in the school hall!

Finally, thank you for your support over the last academic year.  The new academic year is now well and truly under wayand we do still have room for improvement with attendance. However, I am confident that with all our efforts, commitments and support from parents, we will rapidly improve attendance and achieve, if not exceed, our target of 96%.  

Mrs Conway

Attendance Officer/Parent Support Advisor


Our Attendance

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Autumn Half Term 2

Autumn Half Term 1


A great week for attendance!

Well done everyone for your fantastic attendance this week, reaching 98.1% this is one of our best week’s ever. Our ‘early years’ classes just pipped the older children in having the best attendance. Class MB were best overall, all of the children were here every day, giving them a total of 100%! 

In key stage 2 Mrs Hartley’s class did the best with 99.7% attendance. In our photograph you can see the children with their pencils and trophies, our Ronnie is being looked after by Mrs Bigg’s class, we hope that they can keep him safe and happy!


Good attendance matters!

In our special mention assembly the children received their awards for good attendance, the best class this week was Mrs Steadman’s with 99%, apart from the weekly trophy they have the privilege of looking after our Ronny for the week! You can see him in the picture alongside the children who also received a special pencil! Well done to Class MB who are our early years winners and to those children who managed to attend all week without a day off! Remember the more you attend school the more you learn, so good attendance does matter!


Attendance Update

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 15.39.06We have been notified by the local authority that the ‘persistent absence threshold’ will change this academic year from 15% to 10%. This means that if your child has attendance of 90% or less they will be classed as ‘persistently’ absent and may become subject to the involvement of the Educational Welfare Officer. Mrs Winstanley will work with any family who is falling into this category and is also available to discuss any other concerns about attendance. 

Our school aims are simple in that we aspire for all pupils to learn and play in a safe and happy environment, giving them the best start in life.However, without your commitment in ensuring your child attends school regularly and on time, they may not reach their full potential. 

Let’s continue to work together towards the mutual benefit of Brierley School children, thank you for your support during this new academic year.


Attendance News

Good attendance plays an important role in your child’s education and every day counts! Research by the DfE suggests that absence from school has a detrimental effect on a child’s attainment and could affect their chances later on in life as they enter the world of work. Below are some interesting facts:

  • Of pupils who miss more than 50% of school only three per cent manage to achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English.
  • 73% of pupils who have over 95% attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.

The Law states that:

  • All children between 5 and 17 should receive a full-time education and it is parents/ carers duty to ensure that this happens.
  • If a child arrives late to school whilst the register is still open they are marked as late. If a pupil arrives after the register closes, without satisfactory reason, this may be classed as unauthorised absence and may lead to a fixed penalty notice for not ensuring your child has regular/ punctual school attendance.
  • There are 190 statutory school days in one year that a child needs to attend. That leaves 175 days (including weekends and holidays) for appointments and holidays to be taken. Taking holidays in term time may result in fixed penalty notices being issued.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 19.19.31Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

·       5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year

·       15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year

·       30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year


We understand that at specific times a child may struggle to attend school. If this is the case Mrs Winstanley is on hand to provide help and support to overcome any barriers. It is vital that we work together to ensure your child reaches their maximum potential and that you communicate any absences with school. Unexplained absences will not be authorised and on advice from the Education Welfare Services more fixed penalty notices for unauthorised absences are being issued, either for family holidays or sporadic days off.


Whole School attendance so far 95.3% the target is 96%

130 Children have the schools target attendance of 96% or more

24 Children have 100% attendance

7 Children are classed as persistently absent (with 85% or below)


There is a growing concerning in schools over the lateness of children coming into school and their missed learning. A survey was carried out by Mrs Winstanley for 1 week to monitor children’s lateness and the amount of learning time that was being lost. It was found that:

  • 42 children were late in total for the week
  • 20 of these children were late on more than one occasion
  • In total 9 hours of learning time was lost

The snap shot shows concerning results, for both staff and parents alike. “IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LATE THAN NOT TO ARRIVE AT ALL” but let’s work together to reduce this alarmingly high amount of lost learning time.

Attendance Information for parents

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Attendance winners!

This week our overall attendance was 95.5%. The children try to maintain a class average of at least 96.2%, classes SH, EF, CH and FS all managed this – well done. During this half-term the leading class on our football display is Class SH, they are followed closely by Classes AH and EF, who will be our World Cup winners?


Attendance is on the up again!

Our weekly attendance is 96.4% which reflects a strong performance to start this term and a rise on last week’s attendance. With five classes topping 96% and classes SH and CH reaching an outstanding 99.5% we are expecting our attendance for the year to continue to improve. This week’s attendance prizes go to Billy, Paige, Charlotte, Amelia, Harry, Josh and Tanesha, well done to all of you. Mrs Winstanley has been busy changing our attendance display and we now have a set of football goals and a league table to coincide with the World Cup finals in Brazil, come on Brierley children and come on England!