Good attendance is important because:

  • It is the law
  • Your child needs to be at school to be able to learn
  • Lessons are taught in a sequence and it can be difficult to catch up if you miss a lesson
  • Children make and keep friends
  • Good attenders are more likely to get a job
  • Your child may lose their school place if they are absent (unauthorised) for more than 10 consecutive days
Remember if your child is late it counts as part of your attendance record.

Holidays during term time

From September 2013 the law has changed and now states that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances - this doesn't include the availability of cheap holidays.

What is good attendance?

School target = 97% attendance = no more than 12 days of absence each school year.

Your non-attendance is authorised if:

  • Your child is too ill and we receive a note or an appointment card from a Doctor or Healthcare professional.
  • They have a medical appointment that cannot be arranged outside of school hours (please bring your appointment card to school)
  • There is an exceptional reason and you have recieved permission from the school in advance

If your child is absent from school

  • Please inform school by telephoning the school office before 10am on the first day of absence.

What happens if my child's attendance is not good?

  • Attendance records are checked daily
  • If your child is not attending school without a good reason you will be invited to discuss the situation with school
  • A plan for improvement will be agreed
  • If attendance/punctuality still doesn't improve then your child's records will be passed to the Local Authority or Social Care, who will take appropriate action (for example a fixed penalty notice fine of £60)

 Who can help me if I am having problems getting my child to school?

  • Your child's class teacher
  • Mrs Hallam, who is responsible for school attendance
  • Miss Gledhill/Mrs Spacey, Principal

 Remember it is the law that all children must be at school from their 5th birthday

 Punctuality - Arriving at school on Time

Arriving 5 minutes late every day - believe it or not - adds up to 3 days lost each year!


15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.


Being 30 minutes late every day means the same as being absent for 19 days a year!


The law states that a school has to take a register of all pupils first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. The Government advice states that schools can keep the register open for up to 30 minutes.

If a pupil arrives after 9.00am but whilst the register is open they are marked as late. If a pupil arrives after register has closed, without satisfactory reason, this will be classed as unauthorised absence.

How does being late affect your child?

Being late...

  • Can be embarrassing
  • May damage confidence
  • May lead to child being confused as they may have missed vital instructions and information to start the day.
  • May mean they don't get to read to the teacher as often
  • Disrupts the learning for everyone
  • Can lead to poor attendance

Some things that may help...

  • Establish a good bedtime routine
  • Make sure they go to bed to sleep and not be distracted by TV's or computer games.
  • Set an alarm clock
  • Allow plenty of time to get to school
  • Make arrangements with family or friends to help or share the responsibility especially if you have more than one school to go to.
  • Talk to the Academy if you have problems getting your child to school on time.