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Distington Community School


Our school attendance target is to be above 95%


At Distington Community School we strive to promote good attendance by actively encouraging the development of a positive, stimulated school environment where children, parents and carers feel welcome, safe and secure and where their individual needs are catered for.

Each week, during Friday afternoon assembly, we award the class/ classes who have the highest attendance that week a smiley sticker for their chart, which is on display in the school Reception area. At the end of the school year the class with the most smiley stickers receives a prize. Children who have 100 % attendance during Half-term receive a raffle ticket which is entered into a prize draw.

Each half-term two Year 6 pupils get the opportunity to become Deputy Attendance officers. They speak to the children during assembly to discuss attendance, treats and share weekly class attendance.


Doors open at 8.45 a.m. and school starts at 8.50 a.m. Children arriving after 9.05 a.m. will be marked as late. Register closes at 9.30 a.m. children will be marked as unauthorised after this time.


Parents/ carers are asked to notify school before 9.05 a.m. if their child is going to be absent. If a child is absent without a reason, parent/carer will be notified by text or telephone. Alternatively, if a child is absent from school and we are unable to make contact with the parent/carer a home visit will be carried out to determine the whereabouts of the child. If we are unable to locate a child this will then become a police matter.


Children who attend school regularly are more likely to:

Achieve better grades than children with poor attendance.

They develop more progress.

Have a better understanding of the world around them.

Become more resilient.

What is unauthorised absence?

Only the Headteacher can decide if the reason given for absence is acceptable. If the Headteacher decides that the reason given for absence is unacceptable, the child will be deemed as unauthorised and maybe passed to the access and inclusion team.


A child’s attendance record is published in the end of year report to parents and request of staff and relevant outside agencies at various times throughout the year.

Attendance is also closely monitored by the Governing Body.