School Attendance

We pride ourselves on our high level of attendance. Research tells us that children with good attendance achieve more than those who miss school. We would ask that you think carefully before requesting time off school for your child during term time. If it is necessary for children to leave school during the day for example, to attend a medical appointment, music exam, interview etc. a written request must be received prior to the date. On the day, children must be collected by a responsible adult and signed out at the office. We are frequently asked to give permission for children to have time off from school for a wide variety of reasons. Please read our attendance policy in the 'Policies and Useful Documents' section of the website. Requested absence for family holidays will not be authorised.   


If your child's attendance falls below 90%, then you will be invited in for a meeting to discuss issues surrounding your child coming to school. 


Attendance during 1 school yearEquals – days absentWhich is approximately weeks absentWhich means this number of lessons missed
95%9 days2 weeks50 lessons
90%19 days4 weeks100 lessons
85%29 days6 weeks150 lessons
80%38 days8 weeks200 lessons
75%48 days10 weeks250 lessons
70%57 days11.5 weeks290 lessons
65%67 days13.5 weeks340 lessons






If you are in any doubt about your child's fitness to attend school, it is useful to remember that he/she has to be able to concentrate for a whole day and undertake a variety of exacting tasks. Any child incapable of normal work, or with an infection that could be passed to other children and cause their absence, should be kept at home. Please inform the school office of the reason for your child's absence by phone or e-mail by 9am on the first day of absence.


Should your child be prescribed medicine to be taken during school, parents are asked to bring the medicine in and sign a form stating the medication prescribed and the dosage. Without this, we regret we are unable to administer medicine to any child during school time. In many cases, your doctor will be able to prescribe medicines that do not need to be taken at school.