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Ashton Vale is committed to providing a full and enriching education to all pupils. In order to do this, we need your child to be in school so that they are engaged and learning in lessons as well as mixing with their friends and peers. Not only does it allow your child to experience the entire curriculum, it also forms good habits for their future education and working life.

We would like every child to be in school, on time every day. In line with the Government and Local Authority Guidelines, we expect all of our pupils to maintain an attendance level of 97% and above.

It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, staff, pupils and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we monitor and review the attendance of all our children constantly. We encourage excellent attendance and punctuality for all students in a variety of ways


Firstly we offer an environment in which our children feel valued and part of the school community.

We promote attendance in our weekly celebration assemblies:
  • Classes in KS1 with the highest attendance receive a certificate and the honour of looking after the 'ELLI Animals'
  • Classes in KS2 with the highest attendance receive a certificate and extra 'adventure trail' time

Class attendance is also included on our newsletter each week.

Individual attendance is also celebrated at Ashton Vale, and children who have achieved 100% attendance each term receive a certificate in assembly and their name on the newsletter. Children whose attendance is 100% over two terms receive a prize. Children who attend school every day all year receive a 
£10 gift token, certificate and their accolade shared with the whole school.



Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers and school staff on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning. We are only too happy to help.

Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member or another parent.

Avoid medical appointments and extended trips in school time.

If, for an unavoidable reason, your child must miss school, there are things you can do to ensure they don’t fall behind. Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.