Amendments have been made to the Education Regulations governing school attendance. These amendments came into force on 1st September 2013. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of  absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

We believe regular school attendance is vital in ensuring that children maximise the educational opportunities available to them. 

If you’re thinking about booking a holiday, school can no longer allow time off for holidays during term time. If you take your child on holiday during term time you risk getting a Penalty Notice Fine.


Over the last 2 years, attendance has been below the national averages (96%) and we have been working hard as a school to rectify this. We currently monitor and offer support to our most vulnerable families aiming to improve attendance even further. Families taking holidays in term time have a significant impact on attendance figures. Attendance is everyone's responsibility - all members of staff and children are expected to understand the importance of being here through 'I am a good attender'!

Attendance activities include:

  • Our Attendance Officer visits every class weekly to ensure to profile of attendance remains high
  • Support meetings are offered to parents regularly 
  • Home visits are carried out for all unexplained absences
  • A weekly raffle is drawn to celebrate individual and class success
  • Reward trips are booked for children with the most improved attendance


See our policies page for the Attendance and Absence Policy. 



Information from the Department for Education (DfE)


NHS advice for illnesses contributing to attendance