Our school attendance target is 97%
Attendance does become a concern if it falls below 97% and you will be contacted by school if this happens. Occasional absences do impact negatively on your child’s education and learning. Please work with us to avoid unnecessary absences.
Every week, during Celebration Assembly, the overall attendance of each year group is read out. The class with the highest percentage wins the Attendance Cup. Attendance badges are also awarded to children who have 100% attendance each term. Many children received these badges last year – well done!
Please report any absence each morning. You can do so by leaving a voicemail on our dedicated absence line. You must call in each morning of any period of absence.
If your child has a medical appointment please call the school office to let us know. You will be asked to provide proof of the appointment. We understand that sometimes medical and dental appointments must take place within school hours. We ask that wherever possible, you make appointments towards the start or end of the day, or over lunchtime, to minimize disruption to the school day..
What are the risks of missing a day of school?
Every moment in school counts, and days missed add up quickly.
The higher a pupil’s attendance, the more they are likely to learn, and the better they are likely to perform in exams and formal assessments.
Data from 2019 shows that 84% of Key Stage 2 pupils who had 100% attendance achieved the expected standard, compared to 40% of pupils who were persistently absent across the key stage.
Did you know…?
90% attendance sounds good but means that your child misses on average:
2 weeks holiday in term time every year with no other absences means that your child:
5 minutes late every day means missing about 3 days of school every year
We monitor school absence daily and work with families where the level of absence is giving cause for concern. The information within this section explains the law and how legal sanctions for irregular attendance at school are applied in our school.
What can happen if my child is absent from school on a regular basis?
What about family holidays in term time?
Pupils don’t have the right to have time off for family holidays in term time. Schools can give permission for all, part or none of the time requested but can only give permission in exceptional circumstances.
You must apply in advance for permission to have a family holiday in term time.
If school doesn’t give permission and you go anyway, the absences will be marked as unauthorised and you may be issued with a penalty notice for each child when you return.
What legal sanctions can the school use?
The school may take legal action against you if your children do not attend regularly and the absences aren’t authorised by the school.
Penalty notice issued:
How can I help my child to get the best out of school?
What if I am worried about my child’s school attendance?
What if my child needs to miss school?
Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure your child gets a full time-education. Usually, that means going into school from the age of 5 to 16.
There are only a small number of circumstances where missing a school day is permitted. Your child must attend every day that the school is open, unless:
These are the only circumstances where schools can permit your child to be absent.
School leaders are responsible for deciding what counts as an exceptional circumstance when it comes to a child missing school.
They should look at each application individually, considering the specific facts and background context. If a leave of absence is granted, the school will decide how long the pupil can be away from school.
Holidays are very rarely an acceptable reason for a school absence and are unlikely to be treated as an exceptional circumstance.
“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”