Statutory Duty of Schools
The Education Act 1996 requires parents or guardians to make sure their children receive efficient, full-time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. Schools are responsible for recording pupil attendance twice a day: once at the start of the morning session and once during the afternoon session. An entry must be made in the attendance register for all pupils of compulsory school age who are on the school’s admission roll.
- If your child has 10 days holiday in a school year they will have 180 days at school and 185 days off.
- If your child has 10 days holiday a year they can only achieve 94.74% attendance
- If your child has 10 days holiday and 5 days off sick a year they can only achieve 92.11% attendance
- If your child has 15 days off in each school year they will miss 195 days (more than a whole academic year) during their 13 year education
We are a successful primary school and your child plays their part in making it so. We aim to create an environment that enables and encourages all members of our school community to reach out for excellence. For our pupils to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital they attend regularly. Your child should arrive at school on time every day our school is open, unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence.
We consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity is used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.
The Government expects schools to:
- Promote good attendance and reduce absence (including persistent absence)
- Make sure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled
- Act early to address patterns of absence
- Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age, who are registered at school, attend regularly.
Why Regular Attendance is Important
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence also disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.
Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence in law and may result in prosecution.