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Weekly Whole School Attendance W/C 20/05/24



Class 198.85%
Class 293.6%
Class 391.2%
Class 490.95%
Class 596.36%
Class 696.82%
Class 793.64%
Class 892.63%
Class 988.7%
Class 1090.74%
Class 1191.15%
Whole School 93.14%



Whole School Attendance 2023/24



 Week1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8
Term 196.64%96.78%95.34%93.25%94.27%95.79%93.66%N/A
Term 295.87%94.67%95.18%95.37%95.44%93.92%94.9%90.65%
Term 396.6%95.1%92.43%92.64%93.43%93.13%N/AN/A
Term 494.34%92.12%94.39%94.71%93.39%93.63%N/AN/A
Term 594.5%94.17%95.03%93.31%92.36%93.14%N/AN/A
Term 6        


At Birchwood Junior School we recognise the importance of good attendance in school and how it can impact on a child’s overall performance.


Attendance Rewards 

We have a number of incentives that we use to reward the children for good attendance. These include:

  • Attendance Champions from each class
  • Best Class Attendance Award 
  • Improved Attendance Certificates 
  • 100% Attendance Certificates (this is over a full term)
  • 100% Attendance Raffle (at the end of each full term if the child has achieved 100% they will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win a prize)
  • Traffic Light Letters to inform parents of their child's attendance 


Why Attending School Matters

Missing school really does make a difference to your child’s future. Research shows that children who miss school regularly can fall behind with their work and do less well in tests. Aim for 100% school attendance as this may help improve your child’s chances of getting a better job or career in the future.


Appointments During School Hours

We ask that all appointments such as medical etc are made out of school hours. However if your child has an appointment they cannot miss or rearrange, evidence of this appointment will need to be seen by the school office. This could be an appointment card, letter or text message.


Holidays During Term Time

The DfE guidelines makes it very clear that headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term time holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence without this agreement will be classed as unauthorised.


Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one off events. They might include family emergencies, a sudden change in circumstances or a once in a lifetime opportunity. Visits from family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute as exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence the headteacher will also take other factors into account such as a child’s current attendance level.


​Absence procedures

If your child is absent you must contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence; preferably before 9am. This can either be via a telephone call, sending us an email, reporting this on Parentmail or reporting to the school office.


If your child is absent we will:


  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Record and monitor any absence.
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with us if the absence falls below 90%.
  • Refer the matter to the local authority if attendance consistently moves near to 85%.


Emergency School Closure Due to Severe Weather

If the school is forced to close due to adverse weather then all parents who have registered with Parentmail will receive a message giving information about the school closure. We use this service to communicate with parents and carers in the event of emergency situations arising.


If Parents and Carers have not registered with Parentmail then they should listen to either BBC Radio Lincolnshire or LincsFM 102.2 who will, as part of their severe weather service, broadcast up-to-date information on the schools within the county that are forced to close and both will also post the information on their website. 

In Our Federation

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  • The Lancaster

    01522 685078
    82 Jasmin Road,
    Lincoln, LN6 0QQ
    View School Website
  • Woodlands Infant
    and Nursery School

    01522 683557
    Whitethorn Grove, Birchwood,
    Lincoln, LN6 0PF
    View School Website
  • Forest Skies

    01522 800971
    Larchwood Crescent,
    Lincoln, LN6 0NL
    View Federation Website


Birchwood Junior School

01522 800971
Birchwood Junior School,
Larchwood Crescent, Lincoln, LN6 0NL