School Attendance

‘Together we Succeed’

The world is run by those who turn up.
Make every minute count.
Come to school every day and on time.

Attendance target - 2018-2019 - 96.4%


Why is Attendance so Important?

This is a successful school, and you and your child play a part in making it so.  We aim to encourage all members of the school community to reach out for excellence.  For children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and arrive at school in good time for the start of the school day, unless they are genuinely ill or there is some other unavoidable reason.

All Parents and Carers have a responsibility to work in partnership with the school by ensuring their child arrives at school on time, every day. 

The morning registration period will start at 8.55am and ends at 9.00am.


Understanding absence percentages—Did you know?

You may wonder why a school would be concerned if your child’s attendance is less than 95%.  This may make it easier to understand:

  • 95% equates to half a day off every two weeks
  • 90% equates to a day off every two weeks

Below 90% is regarded as persistent absence

  • 85% equates to one and a half days off every two weeks
  • 80% equates to one whole day off every week

A secondary age child whose attendance is 80% will have missed ONE WHOLE YEAR of education by the time they leave school


Lateness adds up!

5 minutes late everyday - 3 days of learning lost each year
15 minutes late everyday - 2 weeks of learning lost each year


Is my child too ill for school?
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. The attached guidelines are given by the NHS and can be accessed on the NHS Choices website.

They will give you more detailed information regarding the following illnesses:

  • Cough and cold
  • Raised temperature
  • Rash
  •  Headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  •  Sore throat
  •  Chicken pox

If unsure call the school!


Medical Conditions
If your child has a diagnosed medical condition it is important that the school is aware of this so that a care plan can be put into place.

In exceptional circumstances the school can administer medication. You will need to come into school to arrange this beforehand. Children must not carry medication in their school bag.


What to do if my child is going to be absent from school.


Should a child be unable to attend school, parents/carers should:

  • Notify the school on the morning of the absence if your child is not attending and give a reason why.
  • On return from absence (or before an appointment) submit evidence to the school office. This may be an appointment card or a prescription. You may need to provide us with original documents if the absence is related to unplanned leave.
  •  If the absence is attached to a holiday, medical evidence MUST be provided.


Reluctant attenders

You should do everything possible to encourage your child to attend.  However if the reason for their reluctance appears to be school-based, such as difficulty with work or bullying, please discuss this with the school at the earliest opportunity and the school will do everything possible to sort  out the problem.


What happens if your child does not arrive at school?

  • A first day absence phone call will be made.
  • A second day phone call will be made and a text message will be sent.
  •  If no contact has been made by the 3rd day a home visit will be made.
  • If we have still had no contact advice will be sought from the local authority.


Applications for leave of absence in term time

This school’s policy is not to authorise holidays during term time.  Any applications for leave in term time must be made in writing to the Headteacher.  There is no automatic right to term time leave of absence, and your request is likely to be declined except in the most exceptional circumstances.  Each application will be considered on its own merit, and the attendance record(s) of the child/ren concerned will be taken into account when making a decision.


Exceptional Circumstances
The Head Teacher will decide on whether the
application is considered as ‘exceptional’ in line with the London Borough of Newham’s Attendance Guidance.

Exceptional Circumstances

The Head Teacher will decide on whether the application is considered as ‘exceptional’ in line with the London Borough of Newham’s Attendance Guidance.

This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required, preferably in writing. Medical evidence may also be required in the form of a copy of a prescription, GP note, etc.  Types of absence that are likely to be authorised are illness, medical or dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies.

Examples of types of absence that are not considered reasonable and which will be UNAUTHORISED under any circumstances are:

  • Going shopping with parents, birthdays.
  • Minding other younger children in the family.
  • Staying at home because other members in the family are unwell.
  • Day trips and holidays in term time that have not been agreed.
  • Arriving at school too late to get a present mark.
  • Truancy

Consequences of Poor Attendance/Punctuality

  • The school will invite you to attend a meeting to discuss their concerns and to support you in ensuring your child attends school
  • If concerns continue a referral will be made to the Local Authority.
  • Medical evidence will be required if attendance falls below 95%.
  • You may be required to sign a parent/carer contract.


When are penalty notices issued?

Penalty notices are issued when:

  • Attendance falls below 90%
  • Parenting contracts are not complied with.
  • Term time holiday is taken
  • Term time leave taken during SATs
  • Unwarranted delay returning from a holiday.
  •  Persistent late arrival after the registers have closed (09:30am)


Amount of Penalty and payment arrangements

  • The penalty for EACH child is £60 per child, per parent.
  • The penalty rises to £120 per child, per parent if not paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice.


Can we help? If you are worried or feel that there is a problem with your child’s attendance you can come and talk to a member of staff at school.


Attendance Lead - Nichola Curran
Attendance Officer - Natalie Wright
Office Manager - Lisa O’Neill

You can access this information on the schools website and will be able to use the Google translate app to translate the information into your home language.