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The School Day
Whole School Attendance Record for the Academic Year
Attendance and Punctuality
You will appreciate that, by law, children must attend school regularly. Periods of absence are harmful to a child’s education and need to be kept to a minimum. Each school day counts and missing just a few makes it harder for your child to achieve their full potential.
190 school days
Best chance of success for your child
180 school days +
Best chance of success for your child
171 school days +
Less chance of success for your child
161 school days +
Less than 85%
Punctuality is also a major factor in how a child progresses. Even just a few minutes late at the start of each day can affect how much your child achieves. Where a child is late (not in the classroom by 8.55am) then they are required to attend a Guided Reading or Phonics session booster at lunchtime for approximately 10-15 minutes. This is to ensure that all children receive their educational entitlement. The following table highlights the impact a few minutes each day has on your child’s learning:
5 minutes late each day
2 teaching days lost
Approximately 0.5 week
10 minutes late each day
6.5 teaching days lost
Approximately 1 week
15 minutes late each day
10 teaching days lost
20 minutes late each day
13 teaching days lost
Approximately 2.5 weeks
30 minutes late each day
19 teaching days lost
Approximately 4 weeks
When children are absent from school
we need either a letter or
telephone call as soon as possible
. We are required by law to keep an accurate record of attendance.
poor attendance (
) will be rigorously challenged and families supported to ensure that their children attend school every day.
It is now a legal requirement for schools to publish their figures for both authorised and unauthorised absence.
in the case of illness) is one for which we have notification from parents either verbally, in writing or by telephone. Holidays during term time will
be approved by the school and are classed as unauthorised absences in accordance with government regulations
Truancy and absences without explanation are also
and will be investigated by the
Family Support and Home Liaison Officer
. In cases where a pupil’s attendance is below 85% or there have been 20+ unauthorised absences an investigation will occur which may also result in legal proceedings.
Reporting a Pupil Absence and
Due to updated guidance in relation to children missing from education from the local authority, it is crucial that we are told of your child’s absence
in order to record information accurately. In light of this we would like to remind you that failure to call or respond to the Groupcall message will initiate a
reason for absence letter
which will be posted to your home address on the first day of absence. This letter will prompt you to call or return the slip with a reason.
In line with the local authority guidance if we fail to make contact with you
within 3 days
and have made reasonable enquiries via contacting family, neighbours and/or conducting a home visit we have a duty to notify the L
ocal Authority that your child is potentially missing from education. It is therefore
very important that we are notified of any absence on a daily basis
. Thank you for your co-operation.
Please click the icon below for details of the school procedures for a child absence: