Attendance Policies

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Our target for every pupil is that over the whole year they achieve 96% attendance, that is no more than 7 days off in a year. The Government's national expectation is 96%. The following table shows the number of days off for each equivalent %.


As a school we are working very hard to make sure children do not have gaps in their understanding particularly in reading, writing and maths. Parents are reminded that they should not book holidays in term time as this has a significant effect on a child's progress.


Days Absent

85 29 days off
86 27 days off
87 25 days off
88 23 days off
89 21 days off
90 19 days off
91 17 days off
92 15 days off
93 13 days off
94 11 days off
95 9 days off
96 7 days off
97 5 days off
98 4 days off
99 2 days off
100 0 days off


School Attendance Target  2023/2024

Our target for attendance this year is 96%.  Evidence shows that good attendance is a key factor in enabling children to reach their potential.  We are committed to working with parents to improve our attendance and achieve our target.


Last year our overall attendance was 91.79%  

Absence  During Term Time

As a Head teacher I will not authorise absence unless they are deemed as exceptional circumstances. Before any leave is booked parents are asked to meet with the Head teacher to discuss and where applicable provide evidence to support their application.  I will then contact you to tell you whether the absence can be authorised.

As a school we are working extremely hard to improve the educational experience for children in our school and to maximise their progress and learning.  We ask that you continue to support us by ensuring that your children are in school every day during term time.

Requests for Absence from School in Exceptional Circumstances and Penalty Notices

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one day absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).

An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.

Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.

If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.