Attendance at school is not only a legal requirement but also has a huge impact on the attainment and progress of our children. Attendance also has an impact on the judgement Ofsted makes – a school with attendance below the national average (and it is not improving) cannot be a “good” school. This is why it is so crucial to maintain really good attendance and punctuality throughout the year.


Did you know?

  • 95% attendance = 10 days absent a year
  • 90% attendance = 20 days absent a year
  • 85% attendance = 30 days absent a year
  • 80% attendance = 40 days absent a year

“Every Minute Counts”

If your child is late every day…In a year your child would lose the following days education…
5 minutes late3 days
10 minutes late6 ½ days
15 minutes late10 days
20 minutes late13 days
30 minutes late19 ½ days

Establishing good patterns of attendance now – and only taking days off when it is really necessary – is preparing our children to succeed in their future lives.

For your information:

  • The legal responsibility for ensuring children come to school lies with the parents;
  • If a child arrives after the register has been taken (this is 9.00am) they will be marked as late and if they arrive after 9.15am the session will be recorded as an unauthorised absence; and
  • Holidays will not be authorised and if they are taken parents may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine.