At Harvills Hawthorn Primary School, we believe that good attendance leads to good achievement which can help lead to a successful life. We want all of our children to aim for our vision of being the very best that they can and attending school every day is the first step towards this.

Mrs. Marsden, our attendance officer, leads our drive for excellent attendance and punctuality. If you would like to discuss your child’s attendance, please call the school office and arrange a face-to-face meeting or a telephone appointment.

Nicola Cooke - Attendance governor

Michelle Hellend -our family support worker- works very closely with families, providing excellent support to improve attendance and punctuality. If you think that this is something that would be beneficial to you and your child, please call the school office and arrange an appointment with Michelle.

As a school we aim to:

  • Achieve an attendance rate of 96% or above.
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Reduce the percentage of persistent absenteeism.

Good attendance is important because:

Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance
Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with
Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
Regular attenders have an easier transfer to secondary school