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At our school we promote good attendance to enable pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities we offer. Our Admin Team monitors attendance regularly and our Attendance and Prosecutor Officer works closely with families to support good attendance.

We ask parents to ensure that children arrive at school in good time for registration each day. Registration begins at 8.55am. Any child arriving after registers close (at 9.00am) will receive a late mark.

It is expected by law that all children will achieve attendance of at least 95% per year. Parents have a duty to try to ensure that this target is met.

Class Attendance Tables

This table shows the attendance for each class last year. Every term we give out awards for children achieving over 95% attendance as well children achieving 100% attendance for 1, 2 or 3 terms.

The figures are shown as at the end of the academic year 2014/15.

Class Attendance
Reception 94.4%
Year 1 95.9%
Year 2 96.7%
Year 3 97.7%
Year 4 97.3%
Year 5 96.5%
Year 6 97.8%

Where attendance falls below 95%, attendance clinics are arranged for parents.

  • Our overall attendance in 2014/15 was 97% which is above the national average of 95.7%.
  • We had 0% of children classed as ‘persistent absentees’ in 2014/15

What To Do if Your Child is Absent from School

Please phone by 9.30am latest on the first day of absence leaving your child's name, class and reason for absence. This needs to be done every day that your child is absent from school. These messages may be left on the school's answer phone or delivered in person, or alternatively you can send us an email.

We record all reported absences so a letter from parents is not required.

If we have not heard from a parent by 9.30am as to why their child is absent from school, we will ring all of the contact numbers registered for that child until contact is made.

Medical Appointments

We request that medical appointments be made outside of the school day.

Please send a copy of your child's medical appointment card/letter to the school office beforehand if children have to attend a medical appointment during school hours.

Please sign them in and out of school at the main office.

Leave of Absence during Term Time

Parents are requested not to take their children on holiday during term time. Holidays taken during term time are classed as unauthorised.

The school may legally authorise a request for leave where there are 'exceptional circumstances'. Please send a written request to the Governing Body who will consider the request and reply in writing so that the leave can then be authorised and taken.

The Impact of Non-Attendance

We cannot stress enough how vitally important good attendance is in ensuring your child makes good progress. If they are regularly late or missing days on a regular basis, this leads to the child falling behind in their learning.

Days of Education Attendance Status Note
190 school days 100% Good Gives your child the best chance of success and gets them off to a flying start.
180 school days =
10 days absence
171 school days =
19 days absence
90% Worrying Less chance of success. Makes it harder to make progress.
161 school days =
29 days absence
(half a term missed)
85% Persistent absentee.
Serious concern.
Not fair on your child. Their learning and progress is seriously affected. Could lead to court action.
152 school days =
38 days absence
143 school days =
47 days absence