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Attendance Overview

Our School Attendance Target for 2017 - 2018 is 96%

  • School attendance is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 16 years
  • Schools must keep registers showing authorised and unauthorised absences in accordance with Government regulations

  • Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure a child's education; Failure to do this can lead to legal action

  • Registers are checked regularly and absence queries followed up immediately by our Learning Mentors and EWO


Examples of Authorised Absence?

  • Personal illness

  • Medical appointments

  • Religious observance

  • Bereavement

  • Approved sporting activity


Examples of Unauthorised Absence?

  • Time off for birthdays

  • Shopping trips

  • Days out

  • Holidays during term time

  • Persistent lateness after registers have closed

  • Family member’s illness

  • Accompanying a family member to an appointment


Why is good attendance and punctuality important?

  • Regular attendance is vital if your child is to benefit fully from their education

  • Every absence means that vital lessons missed

  • It is easy to fall behind but difficult to make up lost time

  • It is good training for the future

  • It is your legal responsibility


How can parents support good attendance in school?


  • Establish a routine that allows your child to arrive at school, on time, every day

  • Always contact school immediately when your child is absent

  • Follow this up with a written explanation of the child’s absence when he/she returns to school


If you are experiencing difficulties getting your child to school on time or have questions/issues relating to poor attendance, please contact the school office on 01977 651291.  Our Learning Mentors, Mrs Rose (Attendance Officer) and Mrs Wright will be able to offer guidance and support.


We will contact parents to ascertain the reasons for their child's absence.  Please contact the School Office by phone to inform us of any absences, select option 1 and leave a message.