The school has implemented a range of strategies to support improved attendance. At St John Fisher, regular attendance is encouraged by:
• Delivering ‘Attend to achieve’ assemblies to promote and reinforce the value of attending school regularly and on time.
• Delivering half-termly attendance assemblies for all Year groups.
• Producing attendance and punctuality reports each half term for students.
• Providing rewards for students with good attendance and punctuality.
• Providing rewards for significant improvements in attendance and punctuality.
• Using a computerised registration system called ‘Lesson Monitor’ which allows the attendance of all students in all lessons to be monitored.
• Producing detailed analyses of attendance patterns for whole school, Year groups and individual students.
• Setting attendance targets for the whole school, Year groups and individual students where necessary.
• Closely monitoring students with attendance and punctuality issues and issuing consequences where appropriate.
• Providing a programme of support and intervention for those students with attendance concerns by our Pupil Support Manager, Mrs. Heyes.
• Supporting students and parents/carers where attendance difficulties are emerging.
• Working in partnership with Wigan Council Start Well Service.
Should your child’s attendance begin to drop below 95%, it will be closely monitored by their form tutor and Head of Year. Please be aware that should your child’s attendance continue to drop, you and your child will be subject to ‘attendance interventions’ which may include:
• Home visits by pastoral staff, SBPO (School Based Police Officer), Gateway staff.
• Small group interventions with the student.
• Requests for medical proof in order to authorise further absences.
• Fixed penalty warning letters / fines for all adults who have parental responsibility for the child.