At Granard Primary School, we continually focus on the importance of attendance and punctuality to ensure that your child has the best possible start in life. Attendance has a direct link to attainment; there is clear evidence that poor attendance has a very negative impact on children’s learning and progress at school. If a child is not in school regularly they are not fully accessing the curriculum and learning opportunities available to them. Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. There are 175 days for holidays and other activities. We expect attendance rates to be 95% and above.
Attending school every day equates to 100% attendance.
Attendance during 1 year
This equates to
nearly 2 weeks
nearly 4 weeks
nearly 6 week
nearly 8 weeks
nearly 10 weeks
nearly 11.5 weeks
nearly 13.5 weeks
Missing Days Off School
No Days Absence
Excellent! A child can take advantage of all learning opportunities.
1 – 4 Days Absence
Very good – this will help all aspects of their progress in school.
5 Days Absence = a school week
Satisfactory attendance. A child should reach their full potential.
8 – 14 Days Absence or more
If a child has more than 8 days absence from school they may fail to make expected progress.
15 Days Absence = 3 school weeks
Unacceptable – Children may find there are gaps in their learning and it is difficult to achieve their best.
Below 90% -
20 Days Absence = 4 school weeks
Unacceptable – Persistent Absentee. A child will find it difficult to catch up on missed learning and will be unlikely to achieve their best.
Below 90% attendance may lead to the
involvement of the Local Authority.
30 Days Absence = 5 school weeks
Children with this level of attendance are missing the equivalent of a week’s school every half term! This is a serious concern and will be having a
negative effect on attainment and progress.
The school will ask the Local Authority to
support them to take action against parents/carers to ensure improved attendance.
It is a legal requirement for parents to ensure children attend school regularly and arrive on time.
We believe that ‘Every Minute Counts! When a child arrives late at school, they miss teacher instructions and lesson time; and their learning begins to suffer. Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late. The table below shows how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others. Please help your children to be punctual.
Learning days lost per year
19 Days Lost
13 Days Lost
10 Days Lost
6.5 Days Lost
3 Days Lost
5 Minutes Late
10 Minutes Late
15 Minutes Late
20 Minutes Late
30 Minutes Late