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  • 100% attendance is rewarded in our special attendance assembly at the end of each term.


  • Attendance and Punctuality letters will be sent out each half term to children whose attendance drops below 97% and to children who have a late mark.


  • Children must be at school to learn.  (Pupils with attendance of less than 95% will be contacted by the Education Welfare Officer and monitored on a weekly basis).

  • We expect all children to be at school every day.  It is a legal requirement.


  • If a child is not in school parents must notify the office immediately giving the reason for the absence.


  • Parents of children with poor attendance records will be contacted by the Office staff.


  • If attendance does not improve the Education Welfare will visit the home and this may lead to parents being taken to court or fined.


  • Children who are late to school are missing part of their lesson and disrupting the learning of others.


Fred is in year 4 and his attendance is 90%. Is this good?

What does this mean?

Fred thinks his attendance is good and so do his parents. Is this correct?

 90% attendance is ½ a day missed every week.

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Attendance – Important Changes from September 2024

The Department for Education (DfE) have made it illegal for Headteachers to grant any leave of absence during term time unless in exceptional circumstances.

Holidays, in any circumstance, cannot be deemed as ‘exceptional’. Parents have a legal responsibility concerning their children’s attendance, and local authorities can bring legal action against families where attendance levels cause concern.

Any period of unauthorised leave may result in you as a parent receiving a Penalty Notice Fine.

From September 2024, there will be updates to the National Attendance Framework for Penalty Notices in schools, including significantly increased fines for term-time absences.

  • Penalty fines will continue to be issued per parent, per child. For example: 3 children in a family being absent for term time leave would result in 3 fines for each parent.

  • National Threshold - There will be a single consistent national threshold for when a Penalty Notice must be considered by all schools in England of 10 sessions (usually equivalent to 5 days) of unauthorised absence within a rolling 10-school week period. These sessions do not have to be consecutive and can be made up of a combination of any type of unauthorised absence. The 10-school week period can span over different terms and school years.

  • First Offence - The first time a Penalty Notice is issued for a Term Time Holiday or Irregular School Attendance the Penalty Notice will be charged at: £160 per parent, per child paid within 28 days.

  • Second Offence - A second Penalty Notice to the same parent for the same pupil within 3 years of the first notice, the second Penalty Notice will be charged at: £160 per parent, per child paid within 28 days. Unpaid Penalty Notices after 28 days may result in a prosecution.

  • Third Offence and any further Offences - The third time that an offence is committed for either a term time holiday and/or Irregular attendance, a Penalty Notice will not be issued -the case can proceed straight to prosecution under the Single Justice Procedure.

If found guilty of the offence of ‘failure to secure their child’s regular attendance at a school’ the Magistrates can impose a fine up to £1,000.

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