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Regular attendance is essential for a child to make satisfactory educational progress. It is the best way of ensuring greatest benefit from education and the way in which friendships are developed and membership of groups is formed. Punctuality is important to help a child become a dependable adult and, eventually, a reliable employee.

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  • For all children to attend school as often as possible (97% or better).
  • For the average attendance to be above 97%.
  • Everyone in school has a responsibility to improve or maintain excellent attendance and adults in school should model these expectations as well as encouraging them (i.e. by not being late to class or to pick up the children from the playground).

Actions taken when attendance/punctuality is causing concern

Attendance is beginning to cause a concern when a child is absent for a number of sessions that would lead to attendance below 94%, has an identifiable pattern of absence (e.g. most Fridays) or changes suddenly without explanation.

Please see our attendance flyer for our process:

Attendance Flyer

Holiday requests during term time

Taking children out of school for holidays is not a right. Only the school can authorise these absences. The Education (Pupil Regulation) (England) (Amended) Regulation 2013 came into force on 1 September 2013. The amendments remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. There regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively. If the circumstances are considered exceptional the headteacher should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. Please note that penalty notices will apply to both parents for each child who fails to attend school.

Children need to attend school to ensure they have the best opportunity to succeed. There are 13 weeks holiday each year and therefore family holidays during term time will not be granted. Work cannot be given to take on holiday as children need to be taught in school.

Attendance is not taken into account when considering exceptional circumstances. It is an expectation that children are in school.