Good attendance is central to raising pupil standards and attainment. Pupils must attend regularly and be at school on time every day the school is open, unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

Please phone the school on the first day of your child's absence before 9.20 a.m. on 01594 832046 and state the reason for the absence. An answer machine is available to take your message early in the morning if necessary.

Regular absence from school will seriously affect a child’s learning.

Ensuring a child’s attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.

The school day starts at 8.50am. Pupils are expected to be in the playground before this time ready to enter school. The gate is opened at 8.40am.

Pupils arriving between 9.00 - 9.20am. will receive a late mark.

At 9.20am. the registers are closed. If arriving after this time, the parent/pupil is asked to sign a record file stating the arrival time. The pupil will be given an unauthorised absence mark on the register.

A member of staff will meet with parents/carers of children who are persistently late to resolve the problem.

Examples of Authorised Absences:

  • illness
  • examination
  • family bereavement
  • sporting activity
  • religious observance/festival
  • medical/dental appointment where the appointment cannot be arranged out of school hours

Examples of Unauthorised Absences:

  • truancy
  • any unexplained absence
  • going shopping
  • having hair cut
  • staying at home to look after young children or sick relatives
  • holidays that have not been given authorized approval

Every school day counts!

365 days in a year

190 days in a school year

This leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping and appointments!


Holidays During Term Time

Under Section 444(1) of the Education Act, 1996 authorisation for holidaysin school term time will not be given, unless they meet ‘exceptional circumstances’, e.g. service families where one member has just returned from active service, family bereavement or religious observance. If you decide to go on a holiday or meet the exceptional circumstances, please ask the school for a form to complete prior to booking. A pupil’s absence can seriously disrupt the continuity of their learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for lessons upon their return. 

Penalty notices for periods of unauthorized absence, e.g. holidays, may be issued. Each parent will be expected to pay £50 per child. This amount will rise if the penalty is not paid within the time limit. Failure to pay will result in prosecution and a criminal record. For further information, please refer to

Monitoring Attendance

When an explanation has not been provided for absence, parents/carers are contacted on the first day by the School Administrative Officer.

If a pupil’s attendance falls below 90%, parents are sent a letter outlining the situation.

Attendance data is issued with each pupil report in July

Attendance is a regular agenda item at Governing Body meetings.

Concerns of attendance and/or punctuality record and unauthorized absence will be reported to the Education Welfare Officer who may then contact you to discuss the situation and work with you to improve attendance.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Education Welfare Officer to ask for help or information. They are independent of the school and give impartial advice. Phone: 01452 550505