Being in school is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development. Research shows that pupils who perform better at the end of primary missed fewer days than those who didn’t perform as well.

What are the risks of missing a day of school?

Every moment in school counts, and days missed add up quickly.

The higher a pupil’s attendance, the more they are likely to learn, and the better they are likely to perform in exams and formal assessments. Data from 2019 shows that 84% of Key Stage 2 pupils who had 100% attendance achieved the expected standard, compared to 40% of pupils who were persistently absent across the key stage.

What if my child needs to miss school?

Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure your child gets a full time-education. Usually, that means going into school from the age of 5 to 16.

We discourage all parents from taking their child out of school during term time to take holidays.

There is no entitlement to parents / carers to take a child out of school during term time, however you may apply to the school for leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. Agreement to each request is at the discretion of the Head Teacher, acting on behalf of the Governing Body (The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013).

If the absence is not authorised and the leave is taken, the matter will be referred to the Local Authority who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent / carer for each child taken out of school.

Failure to submit a leave of absence request will result in the absence being unauthorised and a referral to the Local Authority who may again issue a Penalty Notice as above.
Exceptional circumstances do not include:

  • Cheap holiday cost
  • Visiting relatives (this should be planned into holiday periods)

Exceptional circumstances must be:

  • Rare
  • Significant
  • Unavoidable
  • Short

Please see our attendance policy for more information.