At Miriam Lord Primary School we take attendance very seriously and work hard alongside our parents and carers to ensure that all pupils have the highest levels of attendance. To support our parents and carers, we have a clear policy and procedures on attendance. To view our Attendance Policy please click the link below:
To ensure all parents and carers are up to date with attendance issues, we regularly share updates and information through our school newsletters; this information will include positive achievements, as well as key messages about the implications of missing school and the effect that this has on a child's education. In individual cases, we also send letters and text messages to families concerning attendance when appropriate.
At Miriam Lord we believe in rewarding excellent attendance. To do this we share class attendance figures in our weekly celebration assemblies and reward any class with attendance above 97% with non-uniform the following Friday in school. As well as this, a golden ticket is given to every child that comes to school for a full week. The children accumulate the tickets for every week’s attendance. At the end of the term one ticket is picked out from each key stage and prizes are awarded i.e. tickets to the cinema for the whole family. In July a special treat is given to 100% attenders for the full academic year and children go out for the day on a trip i.e. pizza, bowling etc.
To prevent pupils becoming persistently absent from school, we carefully track all children who have attendance below 92%. By identifying these pupils we can identify factors causing poor attendance and support the family to ensure their children is not at risk. By tracking these pupils carefully and working alongside families we have found lots of pupils make significant improvements. The school liaises closely with Bradford Council’s ESW service with particular reference to the Persistently Absent children, Children Missing from Education and Extended Leave cases.
At Miriam Lord we hold the view that every school day counts, and as such do not support long periods of extended leave of absence from school. Any parent or carer wishing to request a leave of absence from school should contact the school office (01274 496611).
To support families we offer a free Breakfast Club from 8.00 a.m. every morning. This club runs every day and ensures that parents who need to drop pupils off early at school can do so. Pupils have the chance to take part in lots of activities at our Breakfast Club, and of course have the opportunity to eat breakfast before starting a day of learning.