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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

Days lost

This equates to

95% attendance

9 Days

nearly 2 weeks

90% attendance

19 days

nearly 4 weeks

85% attendance

29 days

nearly 6 week

80% attendance

38 days

nearly 8 weeks

75% attendance

48 days

nearly 10 weeks

70% attendance

57 days

nearly 11.5 weeks

65% attendance

67 days

nearly 13.5 weeks




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.


Minutes Late

Learning days lost per year

5 minutes

3 days

10 minutes

6.5 days

15 minutes

10 days

20 minutes

13 days

30 minutes

19 days







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


To reward good Attendance

To encourage and reward good attendance, at the end of each half term a draw will take for all pupils who have achieved 100% during that half term. The draw will take place in the final assembly of each half term and the name drawn will win a £10 Argos voucher.


At the end of the academic year a draw will take place for a bicycle.  Every half term the children can earn a silver leaf for 95% attendance or over, or a gold leaf for 100% attendance, to stick onto our ‘Attendance Tree’.  Every time children stick a leaf on the tree their name will be entered into the draw. This means if a child’s attendance stays above 95% throughout the year their name will be entered into the draw a total of 6 times and they may be the lucky winner of a brand new bicycle or scooter in the summer term.

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