Attendance Matters

We are delighted to have the high attendance. Our whole school attendance is 96.5%. This is outstanding attendance and is a result of our engaging curriculum, pupils who eagerly come to school every single day as well as the strong pastoral support we provide for pupils with particular medical needs. We are particularly proud of our attendance figures for Reception pupils, 97.5% showing an excitement to come to school from the very first year. Our figures for persistent absentees (pupils classed by the Department for Education as those absent for 10% or more of their own possible sessions) have reduced steadily over the last 2 years as a result of school support for particular pupils and their families. 

Pupils who achieve 100% attendance at the following points in the school year will be awarded badges which are celebrated in an assembly and may be worn on blazers or jumpers.  

  • Autumn Term Attendance Award - 100% attendance by the end of the Autumn Term
  • Spring Term Attendance Award - 100% attendance for the Spring Term
  • Summer Term Attendance Award - 100% attendance for the Summer Term
  • Exceptional Attendance Award for 100% attendance for the entire academic year is celebrated at our end of year prize giving service


Exceptional Leave of Absence During Term Time

Holidays during term time are not permitted. There are 175 days per year when pupils are scheduled holidays for such purposes.

Exceptional leave will be considered by the Executive Headteacher for absence which genuinely demonstrates exceptional circumstances (such as a bereavement).  The school’s pro-forma must be used for exceptional leave.

The Trust permits the Executive Headteacher to authorise an exceptional absence, at her discretion, if the following conditions are met:

  • there is at least 97% attendance in the current and previous academic year
  • that the request represents a genuinely exceptional circumstance, and is one-off request
  • any previous leave and historic attendance figures are taken into consideration
  • leave is almost never permitted in the week before or after a holiday such as half term or Christmas
  • The Executive Headteacher may not authorize requests where the reasons provided include reasons such as cheaper flights.

Please note that:

  • Holidays in term time disrupt your child’s education
  • The Executive Headteacher's decision is final
  • Ten days absence per year is equivalent to 5.3% of your child’s education in that year
  • Children who have been granted authorised absence who do not return on time on the day agreed after any authorised absence can be removed from the school roll in line with the relevant legislation
  • Medical Appointments, Musical Examinations and similar or visits to local secondary schools in years 5 or 6 are always authorised – some are classified as educated off site which does not affect your child’s attendance record


Attendance matters