Regular School Attendance – Why it is so important

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future.

Good attendance maximises your child’s access to their educational entitlement. It ensures they make the best academic progress and develop personally and socially, as individuals within a school community. Good attendance and punctuality are good habits, which show potential employers that your child is reliable. Children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime or become a victim of crime.

It might sound acceptable to say your child attends school 90% of the time. However, this effectively means they are missing half a day of school per week. Over one year, this equates to a child missing 4 weeks of school. During the course of their education, half a year of schooling would be lost.

If your child only attends 80% of the time, they are missing one day of school per week – eight weeks per year. During the course of their education, one whole year of schooling would be lost.

We are here to help you and if you are having difficulties getting your child into school please contact the school and we will do what we can to support you.

We aim for 100% attendance and punctuality for every child from reception to year 6 with each child achieving at least 95.6%

To help support your child in achieving full attendance, try to ensure that you avoid making appointments for your son or daughter during school time.

Ongoing intervention/activity to support pupil attendance:

  • Adopted the Trust Attendance Strategy
  • Utilisation of the Trust Attendance & Welfare Team
  • Positive attendance recognition and pupil rewards
  • Early identification and support for pupils and families impacted by school-related anxiety, heightened by the pandemic.
Absence Persistent Absence (PA)
2021-22 9.2% 32.9%
2022-23 8.2% 24.7%

Find out more about the Trust’s strategic approach to attendance

View Trust Attendance Policy

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