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Attendance and Absence

Why is it important for children not to miss school?

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly.

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. The aim should be to attend 100% of the time.

Going to school regularly is important for your child's future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. Parents are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school.

Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for your child, their teacher and the other children in the class.

Some parents may be finding it difficult to ensure that their child attends school regularly. If this is the case please speak to Mrs Wells as soon as possible so that the situation can be addressed.


How to support your child’s attendance

You can help prevent your child missing school by:

•             having a routine from an early age and sticking it to it

•             making sure your child understands the importance of good attendance and punctuality

•             making sure they understand the possible implications for themselves and you as a parent if they                 don't attend

•             taking an interest in their education - ask about school work and encourage them to get involved                 in school activities

•             discussing any problems, they may have at school and letting us know about anything that is                         causing concern

•             not letting them take time off school for minor ailments or holidays during term time

To avoid disrupting your child's education, you should arrange (as far as possible), appointments and outings:

•             after school hours

•             at weekends

•             during school holidays


An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.

Being late for school reduces learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year. If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.


Please see below the exceptional leave form that will need to be completed for any absences in school time.