Access & Attendance
FACILITIES TO ASSIST ACCESS BY PUPILS WITH DISABILITIES:
Abercarn Primary School was built in 1974, and is a one story building. Any new alterations are always DDA compliant, and the staff and Governors have an action plan to further develop the school in compliance with the DDA act. Furniture has and can be relocated within school to allow easy access for all pupils and staff. The school is accessible by ramp although this is only possible through one double and one single door. Disabled toilet facilities have been installed. PE equipment has been audited, reorganised and relocated to allow easy and safe access for all pupils and staff. There are parking facilities on the school site. Parents of disabled pupils are welcome to visit the school in order to inspect facilities.
In the interests of health and safety we would ask all parents and children not to bring cars into school or use the access road. The main office is to be found at the front of the school (Main entrance). Parents can gain access to the office through the main entrance doors.
Callio - Wise up campaign
After carrying out significant research, the Welsh Government is placing strong emphasis on improving attendance levels in all schools.
The research carried out clearly shows that the more regularly a child attends school, the more they will learn and achieve. The Welsh Government challenges all pupils to attend for at least 97% of the school year. This would mean that they have no more than 6 days off from school each year.
At Abercarn Primary we are committed to providing your child with the best possible education and ensuring they achieve to the best of their ability. Please support us with this by making sure your child attends school on time and every day.
We now use the Welsh Government’s ‘Callio’ attendance tool. We are monitoring attendance very closely and will write to you every term advising you of your child’s % attendance for that term. You will receive either a Green, Amber or Red letter. This reflects the actual number of days your child has been in school. We appreciate that there may be reasons behind low attendance such as authorised holidays or authorised medical appointments which will be taken into account. If you receive an Amber or Red letter, you will need to meet with the school in order to plan how to improve attendance.
Please see the table below for the Green, Amber and Red bandings and what this means in terms of days off school.
Each week we will publish attendance figures for each year group and the year group with the highest attendance record for the week will be rewarded.
If you have any questions regarding the Callio initiative or any concerns regarding your child’s attendance please do not hesitate to contact Mr Roden, Mrs Farmer or Mrs Eynon at school, who will be pleased to offer support and advice.
The Educational Welfare Officer visits regularly and can advise families with educational welfare problems. He/she may also be used by the school to check on persistent, unexplained absences, or to support families that we are concerned about.
Further information can be found in the Attendance Policy which is available to all parents. Copies can be obtained from the main Reception Area.