School Attendance Target 96%            We are currently at 96.68%

Attendance Procedure


Government guidance states that from September 2020 all children are expected to attend school. This is no longer parental choice. Any children not attending will be recorded as unauthorised and this may result in a fine from the local authority. 


Our school aim is to ensure that all children are able to achieve their very best by taking full advantage of the education opportunities that are available to them. We hope to do this by ensuring high levels of attendance and punctuality and creating an ethos in which good attendance is valued by both school and parents/carers. When children attend school regularly they are more likely to succeed as well as learning social skills, giving them the opportunity to engage positively with their peers and building strong friendships.

Attendance below 96%.

  • Letter 1 will be sent out to a parent /carer of children who are at the compulsory school age. This will advise that attendance is falling and will be monitored. Advisory letter goes out to a parent /carer of children who are at non- compulsory school age.

  • Letter 2 will follow if there has been a further decline in attendance, this will advise that school will not be able to authorise any further absences for the child this will include illness unless there is evidence from a doctor or hospital. This could be a prescription label or appointment/discharge letter.

  • If attendance continues to fall an Attendance Support Panel Meeting letter will be sent out. This requires the parent / carer to attend a meeting in school to discuss the child’s attendance and how it can be improved.  This meeting will be held with the EWO and a member of school staff.

  • If there is still no improvement an EPN (education penalty notice) warning letter will be sent to both parents/ carers. Attendance will be monitored for 15 school days and if any absences are recorded an EPN will be issued to parents/carers. This is currently £60 per parent per child if the payment is made within 21 days, rising to £120 per parent per child after 21 days. Failure to pay within 28 days will result in a summons to appear before the Magistrates Court.

  • Further attendance concerns could then result in a referral to the Local Authority for enforcement action and may lead to court proceedings and a criminal conviction.


Good attendance class rewards:

  • Class teachers give children with 100% attendance a dojo each week.

  • The class with the highest attendance receive a certificate, a dojo per child and an extra 5 minutes playtime.


Good attendance individual rewards:

  • Most improved attendance children will receive a certificate and small prize.

  • 100% attendance for the half term children will receive a certificate, dojo and a small prize.

  • 100% attendance for the term children will receive a certificate, dojo, small prize and special event ( film or High tea)

  • 96% and above for the year = certificate and reward.

  • 100% attendance for the year children will receive a certificate, prize and special event (TBC).