Improving attendance is everyone’s business. The law entitles every child to a full-time education and it is the legal responsibility of every parent to make sure that their child receives that education. It is essential that pupils get the most out of their school experience, including their attainment, well-being and wider life chances. The pupils with the highest attainment at the end of junior school and those achieving the highest GCSE results have good attendance. At Key Stage 2 pupils not meeting the expected standards in reading, writing and maths have, on average, an attendance of 95% or less. Although 95% sounds good, it actually equates to a child missing half a day of school each week.

We want to work alongside our families to improve the attendance of our pupils. To achieve this, an open and honest relationship is needed. Therefore, it is important that our parents are proactive in communicating problems that may impact their child’s attendance. It is always our preference to support families with the issues they are facing and work together to improve attendance before there becomes a need for legal intervention.

Please see our school Attendance Officer, Mr Gargan, if you wish to discuss your child’s attendance or have any questions regarding attendance.

 Attendance Policy November 2023

We do recognise that sometimes there are circumstances outside of the ordinary where it becomes necessary to request permission for your child to be absent from school. Permission can be requested by completing the Request to Authorise Absence Form and handing this in to the school office.