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Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ wellbeing and gives them the best chance of learning and reaching their potential.

Pupils should attend school every day that it is open, unless the reason for the absence is unaviodable.

Good attendance is important because pupils:

  • make more progress academically and socially;
  • are proven to have higher levels of attainment;
  • cope better with school routines, work and friendships;
  • find learning easier because they do not miss out;
  • feel more confident;
  • are more successful at making the transition between primary and secondary school as well as higher education and employment / training;
  • are known to be safe and well by us.

Research shows a direct link between high attendance and educational outcomes.

Nationally, children who attend school for 95-100% of the time… 

Proportion who achieve the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths Proportion who achieve the Higher Standard in reading, writing and maths 
72% 13% 

Nationally, children who attend school for 85-90% of the time… 

Proportion who achieve the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths Proportion who achieve the Higher Standard in reading, writing and maths 
44% 3% 

These trends are similar to those seen in previous years. We encourage 100% attendance and punctuality for all pupils and have a minimum expectation of 97%.

Click here to read our Attendance Policy.

Absence & Illness

If your child is ill, please give them time off to regain full health. Our admin team can help you with guidance on when your child should return to school.

If your child is ill during school time we will endeavour to contact a parent / carer so that the child can be taken home as school is not the best place for a child who is unwell.

Our School Day

The school gates open at 8:30am with each class’ register opening at 8:40am. Please ensure that the children are in their classroom by 8:40am for the register. The school gates close at 8:50am.

School finishes at 3:15pm for all classes.

If you have concerns regarding attendance, we are happy to help. Please talk to the office staff, Mr Johnson or your child’s teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ideal rate of attendance? 

Ideally every child would have 100% attendance, meaning your child attends school for the entire 190 days of the school year (380 sessions). We do, of course, recognise that illness is unavoidable and likely to impact this. Therefore, it is realistic for all children to have an attendance rate of 97% or above.  This is the equivalent of having no more than 5½ days of absence across the whole academic year.  

What is a worrying level of attendance? 

If a child’s attendance falls below 95% this may cause some concern. There may be legitimate reasons for this and school will work closely with parents and carers to help understand the context and reasons for a lower rate of attendance. It is important to note that early in the academic year, absence rates can appear inflated. One or two days of illness at the start of the school year will provide low attendance rates. We understand this and take that into account during the autumn term. 

What is persistent absence? 

When the attendance level falls below 90%, a child is deemed to be a persistent absentee. This level of attendance is very concerning and is something that is tracked across the school year, both internally and via the Local Authority and DfE. We recognise that there can be legitimate reasons for this level of absence (and that the time of year can impact this, as above) and will work closely with parents / carers to do all that we can together to help improve attendance.  

Can I take my child to a medical appointment? Is this classed as a leave of absence? 

Yes and Yes! School is fully aware that families are unable to control timings of some medical appointments. Please notify the school office as soon as possible so that teachers can be made aware of any absence. Ideally, appointments to see your local doctor or dentist should be made outside of school times where possible.  If your child’s attendance is causing concern at the time, you will be asked to provide proof of the appointment.  Please don’t be offended at this request – as previously mentioned, attendance is tracked externally as well as internally and the school is held accountable for its systems. 

What about family bereavement? 

This can be a particularly traumatic event in a young person’s life. Funerals and associated events will be dealt with sympathetically by all school staff.  

What about taking leave during term time to go on holiday? 

It is highly unlikely that a leave of absence will be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Only the most exceptional circumstances warrant authorised absence. Each application will be considered individually, considering the specific facts and circumstances and relevant background context behind the request. If a leave of absence is authorised, it is the head teacher’s job to determine the length of time the pupil can be away from school.  

More information about absences from school during term-time can be found here

What is the procedure for applying for leave during term time? 

Detailed information on applying for leave can be found in our attendance policy on the school’s website. In short, please provide school with as much notice and information as possible, ideally at least 6 weeks prior to the requested date of leave. Confirmation will be provided by the school confirming whether the request is authorised or not. We advise that parents and carers do not book any travel until they receive confirmation from school. School does recognise that not all requests can be made 6 weeks in advance.  

Do I need supporting evidence? 

Yes. This is very important. Any additional evidence can support an application for leave and will help decision making. An example of good supporting evidence would be a letter from an employer stating that shift patterns or holiday entitlement would make holidays outside of term time impossible.  

Will I receive a ‘fine’ if I take my child on leave without authorisation? 

North Yorkshire Local Authority’s Code of Conduct for the use of Penalty Notices states that unauthorised absences can result in a Penalty Notice being issued if the threshold of 10 sessions (5 days) or more is met. Therefore, the Local Authority may issue a fine.  

What are the day to day processes for attendance in school? 

If a child has been marked as absent and school have not been notified, calls will be made to the child’s primary contact(s) to establish why the child is not in school and how long they may be absent for. If there is no response from these, backup contacts will be called. This call will be carried out by a member of the school’s admin team before 9:30am. These calls are necessary for accurate recordings in the school register. In the unlikely event of no answer from any contact, a welfare check at the pupil’s home will be carried out by senior staff.  

What if my child is late? 

There are fully understandable reasons for lateness such as car trouble and traffic. School understands this. If a child is persistently late to school, Senior Leaders will invite parents to a meeting where strategies will be discussed to aid improvement. The school day begins at 8:40. All pupils are expected to be in school by this time to begin the day’s learning.  

When does the register close? 

We want to encourage punctuality and actively discourage lateness as it can seriously disrupt lessons. If a child is late and misses registration, a late mark will be recorded. The register closes at 8:50am. If a child arrives after this, the lateness will be marked as unauthorised.  School will be sympathetic if this is for a good reason, however if a pattern of lateness emerges a meeting will be called as detailed above. Children arriving after 8:50am must enter through the school office, recoding their lateness on the sign in system.  

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