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Attendance Matters Parent Leaflet 2023


We passionately believe that ATTENDANCE MATTERS and want all our children to achieve EXCELLENT attendance! There is a direct link between good attendance at school and good results; children who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve their full potential.

Good Attendance =


PUPIL ABSENCE from school is either…

ACCEPTABLE & AUTHORISED (approved by school)

  • Genuine illness
  • Medical/dental appointments (if they cannot be made outside of school hours)
  • Close family funeral / wedding
  • Days set aside for religious observance


  • Illness of a sibling / looking after a sibling or relative
  • Birthday or birthday outing
  • Shopping trip
  • Hair appointment
  • Visiting friends or relatives
  • Term-time holiday, preparing or travelling for a holiday, or resting after a holiday
  • Over-sleeping / being tired

A whole year has 365 days. A school year has only 190 days. That leaves 175 days to spend with the family, go on visits and holidays, attend appointments, go shopping etc.

Children are expected to attend the school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence.


Attendance for every individual pupil is monitored by school.

  • If a child does not arrive at school and we have not received a message, we will contact parents to check the well-being of their child.
  • If we have concerns about levels of attendance, including frequent illness, we will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss suitable referrals that might support you.

Excellent attendance

99 – 100%

Good attendance

97 – 98.9%

Satisfactory attendance

95 – 96.9%

Attendance needs to improve

93 – 94.9%

At risk of becoming persistent absentee

90 – 92.9%


Below 90%