Why It Matters

At Hasting Hill Academy we recognise the importance of being in school, on time, every day.
The National Average expected for children is 96%.
If your child has 90% attendance, they will have the equivalent of half a day off per week, which adds up to 247 days off over their full school career. This equals one full school year of lost education.
As part of our on-going support system for children and families you will receive regular updates on your child's attendance. We are working in partnership with a company called 'A Star Attendance' to improve attendance across all aspects of school. If attendance falls below average you will receive correspondence from A Star Attendance.
If you have any questions about attendance please pop into the office or give us a call. We're here to help.
What School Will Do
  • best class attendance receives £5 to put into their class 'piggy bank'
  • children with 100% get their name put into the raffle
Half Termly
  • raffle is drawn from the weekly names, children receive a £20 voucher
  • prizes for best improved attendance
  • children with 100% for the term receive Bronze, Silver, Gold badges
  • special treat for children with 100% for the year
  • classes choose how to spend their 'piggy bank' money
Remember you have to be IN to WIN! 

What You Can Do

We understand that children will need time off school when they are poorly.

However, you can avoid attendance becoming a concern by engaging with school and not taking unnecessary days off e.g. holidays during term time. Trying to make appointments for your child, and other family members, out of school hours will reduce time missed in classroom. This will make less of an impact on their school life.

You may not realise how quickly the odd day off can lead to a big dip in attendance percentage, indicating to school and other agencies that there may be problems to address.

If your child is not in school regularly, they will miss out on fundamental learning in the classroom. This is extremely difficult to catch up on and affects all aspects of their future education, as well as forming bad habits.

If your child is unable to attend school because they are ill, then please contact school to let us know. If you do not inform school then school will need to make a home visit.

If you are attending an appointment and it can’t be rearranged or out of school time, please show the office your appointment card/text and your absence will be authorised.

Punctuality is just as important as attendance. If your child has 100% attendance but regularly arrives up to half an hour late, they are still missing vital learning.

If you are late, an adult must come into school and sign them in.

As part of our on-going support system for children and their families you will receive regular updates on your child’s attendance with a strong focus on how it affects their learning.

Most importantly we have an open-door policy. If you have ANY queries or would like support on any matter, we have a great welfare team who can provide referrals or advice.


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