Attendance and Absence Information
In order for children to achieve their full potential, it is essential that they attend school regularly. The expectation is that children will attend for at least 96% of the time, taking into account illness. If a child’s attendance becomes a concern we will inform parents/carers and meet with them to try and resolve the situation. However, if progress is not made, the Governors will be informed and the process may become official.
Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
The 2013 amendments to the 2006 regulations explain clearly that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head Teachers should also determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted. Parents cannot authorise absences; only schools can do this. Head teachers have discretion to grant leave during school term time, but this is not an automatic entitlement.
Any leave of absence request must be submitted to the school office at least 14 days in advance of the dates requested. A leave of absence form can be downloaded from this page or a paper copy can be obtained from the school office.
If parents/carers still decide to take their child out of school, this could lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice of £60 per child per parent/carer which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days.
The school's attendance target for 2023-2024 is 96%.
Our attendance for the 2022-2023 academic year was 94.2%.
Our attendance for the 2021-2022 academic year was 94.6%.
If you would like any support or advice on attendance then please contact the school and we will do our best to support or signpost you to someone who can help.
How do we celebrate good attendance?
We celebrate attendance every Friday in our special assembly where the class with the best attendance wins a throw of the dice on our school monopoly board. Our monopoly style board game allows children to move around the board when their class has the highest attendance of the week.
There is one special difference about our board though – instead of houses the squares are all rewards. Each time a class rolls, they will land on different treats, which they will receive the following week in class.
The rewards range from; extra playtime, ice-cream treat, non-school uniform day and even a special lesson with Mr Hodgson. The children absolutely love our attendance roll and thoroughly enjoy it when their class has the highest attendance.