Parents Guide to Attendance

Parents are legally responsible for:


  • ensuring their child receives an education
  • ensuring their child attends school regularly
In order to do this, please make sure that your child:


  • arrives at school and on time
  • attends regularly
  • is suitably clothed and wearing the correct school uniform
  • is in a condition to learn
ATTENDANCE EXPECTATION IS 100%

Absences can:


  • disrupt your child’s education
  • interfere with the school’s teaching routines and damage performance
  • affect friendship patterns
  • encourage disaffection and harm longer-term prospects
  • only be authorised for valid reasons, i.e. illness or medical appointment
Unauthorised reasons for absence include:


  • birthday treats
  • parents/siblings being ill
  • visiting relatives
  • shopping trips
  • looking after siblings
  • uniform not washed/dried
  • being unaware of school dates
  • ALL OF THE ABOVE REASONS ARE CLASSED AS UNAUTHORISED

Holidays in term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances as they disrupt learning and affect progress. Parents have no automatic right to such leave, and holiday taken without authorisation will be reported to the Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement Service.

Poor attendance in school for any reason will result in:


  • Children failing to make good progress
  • Problems making and keeping friends
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • ACE’s – Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service becoming involved
  • And possibly:
  • Parents being fined
  • Parents being prosecuted with a possibility of imprisonment

Please note that low attendance has to be reported to the Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service.