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As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life.

Did you know that:

  • A child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life.
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all.
  • At least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission.
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

Absence from school

Children are required by law to attend school 190 days a year. The government states that every pupil’s attendance should be at least 96%.

Attendance during 1 school year Equals-days absence Equals number of weeks of absence
95% 9 days 2 weeks
90% 19 days 4 weeks
85% 29 days 6 weeks
80% 38 days 8 weeks
75% 48 days 10 weeks

Good school attendance is very important for your child's academic performance and social interaction with their peers. Ensure your child is in school everyday on time.

When your child is ill, and we are aware that this does happen, you must report it to the school immediately. Please call the school office: 01480 375115 or e-mail Please do not use Class Dojo to inform teachers of absence as this system is not monitored during school hours.