The school day at Barton St Peter’s runs from 9:00am until 3:30pm ( 32.5 hours per week ) with the doors opening at 8:45am.
Good attendance is essential if pupils are to take full advantage of school and gain the appropriate skills, which will equip them for life. It remains a fundamental prerequisite of an effective school.
At Barton St Peter's we aim to maximise our attendance rates by operating an attendance policy within which Governors, Staff, Pupils, Parents and the Education Welfare Service can work together in a fruitful partnership. The deputy headteacher and pastoral officer will monitor attendance and ensure that there is early intervention for our families if an attendance concern is identified, so that appropriate support can be given to improve attendance quickly.
The members of staff with responsibility for attendance are:
Mr Rob Wilson (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Emma Sandon (Pastoral Manager).
For the academic year 2022-2023, our overall attendance figures were the following:
Whole-school attendance: 95.31%
Attendance of children in receipt of Pupil Premium: 93.93%
Attendance of children on the school SEND register: 92.82%
Authorised absences: 3.98%
Unauthorised absences : 0.71%
Late before register closed: 0.6%
Late after register closed: 0.03%
PA at 10%: 9.9%
PA at 15%: 1.84%
Our target for 2023-2024 is to return our attendance figures to above 97%, particularly for vulnerable groups, such as those pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding or those on the SEND register.
As with good behaviour and academic success, regular attendance will be seen as an achievement in its own right and recognised as such by the school.
The attendance policy is based upon the premise of equal opportunities for all within the school community, so there is every chance for all to benefit from it, regardless of the differences that may exist between pupils.
While we acknowledge the importance of attendance, we will view individual cases with compassion. Cases where 100% attendance would have been achieved but for scheduled hospital visits for example will be included in the recognition as we recognise that these are special circumstances.