Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ well-being and gives them the best chance of learning and reaching their potential. Pupils should attend school every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

Good attendance is important because pupils:

  • get on better with learning and other children

  • cope better with school routines, work and friendships

  • find learning easier because they do not miss out

  • are more successful moving between primary school, secondary school, higher education and employment or training

  • are known to be safe and well by us.

Research shows a direct link between high attendance and doing well at school.

All children have the right to an education. We encourage and expect 100% attendance for all pupils.

We will:

  • tell pupils and parents the importance of being at school;

  • check that pupils are at school every day;

  • follow up and check the absence of persistent non-attenders;

  • aim for an attendance rate of at least 97%. Pupils who are under school age, in Nursery or Reception, are treated in the same way as all other children


  • by law, must ensure that their child attends school;

  • should arrange dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school holidays, whenever possible;

  • make sure that their child arrives on time between 8.40am and 8.50am, when classroom doors are open

  • if they arrive after 8.50am, sign-in at the school office;

  • should contact the school on the first day their child is away from school.

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