Heath Mount Primary School

'Together Everyone Achieves More'




At Heath Mount Primary School we recognise the link between attainment and attendance. We are committed to ensuring the best possible learning outcomes for all of our pupils and as such we seek to ensure our pupils attend school regularly and on time every day. 


Our school target is 97% and we aim to hit this target every week.       


We recognise and celebrate good attendance for individuals and classes in the following ways:


  • Weekly class percentages are displayed on classroom doors – the weekly class winners for each phase are awarded golden time and an activity of their choice.
  • Weekly and termly attendance winners are celebrated in Key Stage assemblies.
  • Whole school attendance information is shared on the attendance display board and in newsletters to parents.
  • All pupils who attend school every day, and who are on time, receive a weekly raffle ticket that is entered into a termly prize draw.  The winners choose their prizes – a bike, a scooter or a tablet device.
  • Pupils with an attendance rate of 97% and above each term receive a certificate, those who achieve 100% attendance receive a special recognition certificate and a book prize.
  • Pupils whose attendance that has shown improvement receive a certificate and raffle ticket for the termly prize draw.
  • Pupils who achieve an annual attendance rate of 97% and above are issued with a golden ticket to attend the annual ‘Heath Mount Attendance Fun Day’.


Pupils with medical conditions who are required to attend hospital appointments with consultants, are reviewed to ensure that any absences due to these appointments do not affect their attendance achievement of 97% and above or 100%.

Pupils who are required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 will be issued with Birmingham City Council’s agreed code which means their attendance rate remains unaffected.




It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure their children arrive at school on time. Lateness can disrupt the learning of others and can result in a pupil feeling greater stress and achieving poorer outcomes. 90 per cent attendance means that your child is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half day every week. Over five years this is the equivalent of about one half of a school year.


Research shows a close link between attendance at school and a child’s achievement. Being late adds up to a loss of learning. All time out of school affects both learning and achievement for pupils. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time.


If you are going to be late to school, please make sure you call the school office by 9am to let them know what time to expect you. Lateness over time equates to absence, and will be swiftly dealt with accordingly.




Minutes late

per day during

the school year


Equals days worth of teaching lost in a year


5 mins

3.4 days

10 mins

6.9 days

15 mins

10.3 days

20 mins

13.8 days

30 mins

20.7 days