Attendance Matters


We do understand that late arrival at school is occasionally unavoidable but we must impress upon you the importance of punctuality as a good habit for life. Lateness is monitored and you will be contacted if your daughter is persistently late.  In extreme cases the matter will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.  This is also the case if you are continually late to collect your daughter from school.

Try to arrange appointments during school holidays, at weekends or after school hours. Naturally, there will be times when this isn’t possible but you must try to give as much advance warning as possible and take the appointment letter or card into school.

If your daughter is away from school, for any reason, a note or a telephone call to the School office explaining why is required, either during the absence or on her return to school.  This is to ensure your daughter’s safety and well being.  The registers run on our office computer system.  Letters follow up all unexplained absences or persistent lateness.  If no reply is received, the school’s educational welfare officer will contact parents by letter and visitation.  A pupil being sent home unwell during school hours must be collected by an adult.

Children with a good school attendance record are setting themselves up for a better future when they leave school.

It is in your interest to make sure that your daughter has a good school attendance record. If your daughter misses school regularly the Local Authority may consider taking legal action against you.

Research by the National strategies shows that missing five days of every term, every year is the same as missing one whole school year.

School attendance is also important because the law requires it. As a parent, you are legally responsible for making sure your daughter gets a full time education.

There could be legal and financial consequences:

  • for leave of absence taken without permission of the Headteacher you may be issued with a penalty notice of £100
    (reducing to £50 if paid within 28 days)
  • if you fail to pay this you will be in danger of prosecution
  • if prosecuted and convicted you will have a criminal record
  • for more serious offences you can be fined up to £2,500 and in extreme cases there is a penalty of up to three months imprisonment.

If your daughter is persistently late the school can ask the Local Authority to implement a penalty notice to the parent or carer. A maximum of seven late attendances during any one half term could generate a penalty notice being implemented.