Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Attendance and Punctuality

In September 2015, the government changed the threshold for persistent absence from 85% to 90%. 

90% attendance= 19 days a year missed or a day off every 2 weeks

As schools are challenged by the government to address the problem of persistent absence, the government has strengthened their ability to respond by increasing Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) to £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days.

There will be earlier intervention from school and more communication if attendance becomes a concern. Your child be identified as a persistent absence during the year if they are absent the following amounts:

Half Terms

Sessions absent (am, pm)

Time in days

1

7 or more sessions

3.5

1+2

14 or more sessions

7

1-3

20 or more sessions

10

1-4

25 or more sessions

12.5

1-5

31 or more sessions

15.5

1-6

38 or more sessions

19

 

We understand that there will be times when a pupil will require time off school. It is the schools decision whether this is authorised or not.

Please note that we now require medical evidence for all illness absence over 3 days.

Keep to a minimum the amount of time your child is off with illness, it is OK to return on a Friday.