At Benhurst Primary School, we believe that to become successful learners and achieve to their full potential, all pupils must attend school daily and punctually. All parents are actively encouraged to consider the following when booking routine medical appointments and term time holidays.  


Attendance vs Days off school 

A calendar year has 365 days, or 52 weeks or 12 months. A school year has 195 days, or 39 weeks or 6 terms INSET School Training Days total 5 in each year. This means pupils are expected to attend 190 days at school. 

Our attendance target for 2018-19 is 96%. 

- 1 day off per school year means attendance will only ever reach 99.5%

- 10 days of per school year means attendance will only ever reach 94.7%

- 20 days off per school year means attendance will only ever reach 90%  


Poor school attendance can result in academic underachievement, difficulty in making or keeping friendship groups and a loss of child’s confidence and self-esteem. Research has proved that children who have poor school attendance when attending primary school are more likely to truant when in secondary schools.


Attendance Incentives

As a school, we are working hard to raise the profile and importance of excellent school attendance. However, for the last three years, our school attendance has been below the national average and Havering average. Having met with the Parent Partnership group, the Pupil Parliament and spoken with key staff, we are launching an incentive scheme for our children, which rewards high attendance each term with a special bronze, silver or gold badge.  

Children who achieve 97% attendance next half term will be awarded a bronze badge in assembly, which we would like them to wear to school every day. The following half term, children who achieve 97% attendance for the first time will also receive a bronze badge. Children who have already achieved a bronze badge and have attendance of 97% or more will receive a silver badge. In Summer 2, we will apply the same rule for bronze, silver and gold.

Should the trial be successful, we would look to continue this into the 2018-19 academic year but on a termly basis with a target of 98%. This percentage is in line with Havering’s expectations for good school attendance.

We fully understand the need for children to recover from illnesses and recognise there are some cases where important medical appointments cannot be out of school time. However, the Pupil Parliament agreed that we must raise the profile of excellent attendance and overwhelmingly voted to trial the scheme and introduce the badges. 

We will also continue to award the attendance trophy in KS1 and KS2 to the class with the highest attendance; they keep the trophy for the week and are also rewarded with an extra playtime.


Important Contacts

Mrs Bastin - School Attendance Officer

Mr Evans - Educational Welfare Officer


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Reporting an Absence

1) Phone the school and leave a voicemail message (01708 450807)

2) Report an absence via the designated school website tab

3) Email the school office (please copy and paste the email if you are using a web browser) :

4) Report an absence in person at the School Office (this must be by 9-15 on the day of absence)


Havering Council have issued guidance for schools to follow where absences have not been reported.

- Make a telephone call using the contact list (call everyone on the contact list). Leave messages if there is a voicemail option and/or text message.

- Call the contact list again.

- Consider making a home visit. If you cannot get an answer at a home visit refer immediately to Social Services or the Police.

- If a home visit is not possible, refer to Social Services or the Police.