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Attendance Information



Our target for 2020-21 is 97%, this means that on average no pupil misses more than 3% of school days (less than 7 days). Our attendance figures for 2019-20 were 96.6% (until March 20th 2020 when school closed due to Covid 19) The school remained open throughout for the children of keyworkers and then opened more widely in June 2020 for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Many of our children returned to school on a part time basis and the remainder continued to access our home learning. 

The target for 2020-21 is ambitious as we are still dealing with the pandemic. We hope that school will remain open as much as possible. If we do have to close, either fully or partially, there is an expectation that children engage with our home learning -  a blend of live lessons and online resources which can be found on our class pages. 


Good attendance is a key to any child being able to fulfill their potential and make good progress in school. We have very effective systems in school to monitor attendance and parents of children whose attendance falls below what is acceptable will be subject be invited to meet with the school to discuss how to overcome any issues.


It is the expectation of the school that all children will attend school 100% of the time.


What If My Child Is Unwell Or Has A Medical Appointment

We understand that sometimes children are ill or have a need to attend appointments and so we would ask you to telephone school by 8.45am on the first day of their child’s absence. When you have a confirmed medical appointment please inform the school office so that it can be recorded in the register.

Wherever possible we would ask that you try to make appointments outside of school hours.

If we do not hear from you we will contact you to ensure that your child is safe.


Attendance Matters

Regular attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life. Children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in tests. The table below shows how your child’s percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed.

Attendance during

1 school year


 = Days absent 

(190 days in a

school year.)             


Number of 

sessions missed 
(am & pm)      



weeks absent             

Number of

lessons missed            

95% 10 days 20 sessions 2 weeks 54 lessons
90% 19 days 38 sessions 4 weeks 108 lessons
85% 29 days 58 sessions 6 weeks 162 lessons
80% 38 days 72 sessions 8 weeks 216 lessons
75% 48 days 96 sessions 10 weeks 270 lessons
70% 57 days 114 sessions 11.5 weeks 324 lessons
65% 67 days 134 sessions 13.5 weeks 378 lessons


Every Minute Counts

If your child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer. Below is a graph showing how being late to school over a school year adds up to lost learning time.



Celebrating Good Attendance

Stickers for good attendance are also awarded on a termly basis. 100% attendance for the year is celebrated with a gold certificate in assembly.


Absence Procedure

Regular attendance is vital for achievement in school and therefore we monitor attendance rigorously.

Please make contact with the school office as soon as possible if your child is unwell and will not be attending school. If your child is not in school by 9.30am and we have not received a message we will contact you by telephone to seek an explanation for your child's absence.


Lateness Procedure

Every effort should be made to ensure that no child arrives at school before 8.50am after which time the members of staff will assume responsibility for the children.  It is the responsibility of parents to see that children do not arrive late at school. If this happens frequently the school will notify you by letter regarding your child's late arrivals.

If your child arrives late at school you need to sign them in at the school office.


Holidays in Term Time

We do not permit holidays to be taken during term time except under exceptional circumstances and with
written approval from the head teacher; this includes family days out. Any such absence will be recorded as unauthorised and may result in a fine between £60 and £120.

Please contact the headteacher if you require further guidance about this matter