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Attendance at Joseph Turner Primary


Our Attendance last academic year was 95.7%!


At Joseph Turner we are working very hard to improve our attendance. We all have a big part to play in making our attendance something we can all be proud of.


At Joseph Turner Primary we believe that every child can be an Attendance HERO. They can achieve this by being Here, Every day, Ready and On time! We hold Attendance HERO days throughout the year where children come dressed as their favourite hero. 


Attendance rewards will be held throughout the year and we also hold an attendance reward day for the whole school at the end of the year. All children with attendance above 97% will be entered into a prize draw and will have the chance to win some amazing prizes!


Every class has an attendance reward chart. For each full week that a child attends school, they will receive a smiley face sticker to put on their section of the chart. If a child has enough stickers at the end of each half term they will be rewarded with a token that can be spent at the summer fair or at the school attendance shop.


We also have a winning attendance class each week. The class with the most impressive attendance each week will win and will receive a star on the attendance board. At the end of each half term the class with the most stars will win a fun attendance afternoon.


Please remember that attendance matters and if a child is not at school they are missing out!

Attendance HERO Days


Our next Attendance HERO Day is Friday 29th April 2022!

Sickness Absence in Schools - A Guide to Parents

Most children with mild illness can attend school providing that they feel well enough.This guidance is designed to help you know when it's okay to send your child into school and when it's best for them to stay at home.

COVID-19 Information

If anyone in your household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 then please stay home and book a PCR test. Children will need to isolate until the test results are received (results will usually take between 24 and 72 hours to come back).

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal



If anyone in your household has wider Covid-19 symptoms then please call school for advice before attending school.
The wider symptoms of Covid-19 that Sandwell council are asking schools to look out for are:

  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling tired for no apparent reason

If anyone in your household has any of the above symptoms you do have the option to book a PCR test.

If you do choose to have a PCR test for wider symptoms then you can book online here or call 119.

When prompted, you can choose the option that says “My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.”

For more information on wider symptom testing, visit

Leave of Absence


10 days absence from school should not be regarded as the norm or an entitlement. Pupils should not take holidays in term time and now these will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. It is for the school to determine whether or not to agree to a family holiday during term time. If parents want to take their child out of school during term time, a leave of absence form should be filled out. Completion of a leave of absence form does not automatically mean the absence will be authorised.


Please note leave of absence will not be authorised for Year 6 or Year 2 children (due to SATs). Leave of absence during the first half term will not be authorised. If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and the pupil is away from school, the absence is unauthorised. We are working hard as a learning community in Tipton to improve attendance and improve the prospects of all our children, so let’s all work together and make it happen for Tipton. For a full copy of our updated attendance policy please contact the school office.