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Attendance Blog

Tuesday 17th November, 2021


Over the last month, attendance has been up and down, but as people have begun to mix more there have been more colds and bugs being spread around. What has been good to see is that so many parents have worked with school to ensure that the children are attending school and accessing their education.


Over the last 5 weeks, our attendance has been:

93.6% > 93.1% > 92.7% > 94.8% > 94.3%


As you can see, our percentage has improved over the time, but we really need to get our school average over 97%. Our current level suggests that, as a school, children are losing nearly 3 weeks of their education and this not only impacts upon their learning, but also the development of social skills.


We understand that there are times when children need to be absent from school, but please do remember that we're here to help so please look to work with us.

Monday 4th October, 2021


EVERY DAY IN SCHOOL COUNTS!!!! Did you know that the national target for attendance is 97% but that last year the whole school attendance at Dovecot was only 94.2% This is significantly below where we need to be and I'm sure you understand why we are working so hard as a school to improve this. Missing a day here or there might not seem like much, but here are some statistics that might surprise you...


  • A child with 88% attendance is absent from school for 23 days, which is over 4 school weeks.
  • A child with 92% attendance is absent from school for 15 days, which is 3 school weeks.


As well as this, being late on a regular basis can also have a huge impact on learning:


If in a school year your child is late every day by...Your child would have lost approximately...Or they would have missed approximately...

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

20 minutes

30 minutes

3.5 days from school

7 days from school

10 days from school

14days from school

21 days from school

20 lessons

41 lessons

55 lessons

82 lessons

123 lessons


This is why we work so hard to improve attendance across the school!


This week marks the start of our attendance week where we are rewarding excellent attendance. We have also received an incredible amount of entries in our 'Design a School Attendance Mascot' competition and will be announcing the winning entry soon.


Please visit this page regularly to see just how much our attendance improves this year and all of the fun activities that we have planned.