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Late/Absence Procedures

Attendance and Absence


Good and punctual attendance at school has a big influence on how well a child does at school. We are required by law to monitor children’s attendance and submit information on attendance to the Local Authority. Children’s attendance is monitored by school and parents will be notified if it falls below 95%.  If your child has a regular or persistent absence or lateness and/or attendance persistently below 95% you will be asked to attend a meeting to discuss this. The School’s Education Welfare Officer may become involved at any stage of the School’s attendance monitoring.


Green Group

97% - 100 % Attendance

Lowest Risk. Best Chance of Academic Success

With 98% a pupil has still missed 3 days of education across an academic year

Yellow group

95% - 96.9% Attendance

Concern. Student’s chance of achieving Age-Related Expectations at Key Stage 2 is reduced.

95% means a pupil misses 9 days of education across an academic year

Amber Group

93% - 94.9% Attendance

Increased Risk of Underachievement

93.4% means a pupil misses 2.5 weeks of education across an academic year

Pink Group

90% - 92% Attendance

Severe Risk of Underachievement

92% means a pupil is missing 3 weeks of education across an academic year

Red group

0 – 89.9% Attendance

Extreme Risk of Underachievement

89.5% means a child is missing 4 weeks of education across an academic year


As part of our duties under Safeguarding (Child Protection) we have to be confident of the reason for the child’s absence. All absences from school have to be accounted for and should we not hear from parents we will contact you to find our where your child is.


If your child is ill, please telephone the school as soon as you know that s/he is not going to be able to attend school, and continue to phone in on each day of absence. If your child has vomiting or diarrhoea, s/he must be kept at home for 48 hours after the vomiting/diarrhoea has stopped in order to reduce the risk of spreading infection.


Latest government guidelines on holiday absence in term time mean that it is no longer possible to authorise any request for holiday absence, this includes extended family leave to visit relatives abroad.


Requests for leave of absence should be made on the application forms available from the office or by clicking on the following link:

Parents who take 5 or more days leave of absence risk receiving a fine per parent per child.


School’s attendance policy can be found here: