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Attendance Policy

The Education Act 1996 makes it a requirement for every child of compulsory school age to receive full-time education at school or otherwise.


Compulsory school age is when a child reaches the age of five. Good attendance and punctuality is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence

  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically

  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with

  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying

  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training

  • Punctual learners are ready to learn, access all opportunities in school and do not miss vital learning time


Attendance Expectations:

  • We expect children to attend school every day that the school is open.

  • On occasion, children may be too ill to attend school. Parents/carers must notify the school if this is the case.

  • Regular attendance is defined by the two bullet points above.

  • Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring their child arrives at school on time.


School will:

  • Promote and reward good attendance

  • Fulfil their legal obligation in relation to registration practice

  • Reduce absence, including persistent absence through support and intervention

  • Ensure every child has access to appropriate education

  • Act early to address patterns of absence

  • Engage in legal intervention if we believe a child’s is being denied access to education through condoned absence


Parents will:

  • Perform their legal duty by ensuring children who are registered to a school attend regularly

  • Ensure their child arrives on time in school each day

  • Inform school, before registration, of child’s absence with a valid reason

  • Do everything they can to prevent unnecessary school absences such as by making medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.

  • Keep school informed of any circumstances that may affect a child’s attendance

  • Ensure school has at least two, up-to-date contact numbers.


Please come in and see us if you have concerns or questions about our attendance procedures.