Here at Bearwood Primary School we all feel that attendance is really important and we aim for each pupil's attendance to be at 96%.

There are many different reasons why school is important. It helps us improve in our learning. It helps us find things out, shows children what they are good at and the 'better ifs' to help them improve. It builds learning power and teaches children to succeed. A better education helps our children later in life in getting the jobs they want for themselves.

As a school we constantly try to improve our attendance and punctuality. This is made even easier for us with the help and support of the children, parents and carers.

Poor attendance and punctuality could mean children are more likely to:

  • fall behind in their school work
  • find it difficult to make and keep friends
  • be unhappy at school
  • misbehave so others cannot see that they are finding the work difficult
  • get into bad routines that can affect them getting or keeping a job later in life

Setting good attendance and punctuality patterns from an early age will help your child later on.


Facts and Figures

Did you know?

  • 10 minutes late to school each day=33 hours lost in one year
  • Your child being late disturbs the whole class from learning
  • Even with 90% attendance that missing 10% means a whole year of school has been missed!
  • Having good routines helps your child get into good patterns for the future


  • Make sure your child understands why school is important
  • Show your child that you are interested in what they have done at school
  • Get everything ready the night before school
  • Arrange appointments before or after school or during the holidays