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Please see our attendance policy below for more details on how we deal with pupil attendance.  Our policy is closely linked with Winterton Junior school for a consistent approach and to assist with transition.


From a safeguarding perspective please:

  • Ensure all absences are reported to the school by 9.00am on the morning of the absence, even if your child has been sent home from school the previous day.
  • Ring the school for each day of your child’s absence.
  • Advise if your child will be late.
  • Report all medical appointments in advance, where possible, with a copy of the letter or card supplied. Please try and avoid school hours as this impacts on your child’s attendance.


Attendance Targets

The school target for each pupil is 100%. Any pupil, who falls below 90% is classed by the Department For Education (DfE) as being persistently absent.


Attendance Procedure

Absence is authorised at the school’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed.

Initially a letter may be issued if your child's attendance falls below 95%. A letter will be sent if the attendance percentage does not improve requesting medical evidence for each absence. If your child’s attendance continues to fall you will be asked to discuss any issues with the school. If this is not successful and attendance does not improve the concerns will be referred to the Education Inclusion Service for further investigation and intervention.


If there are any problems please contact us so we can see what support we are able to offer.


Leave of Absence

The law states that parents/carers do not have the right to take their child out of school for a leave of absence during school time. The Headteacher may authorise absence in very exceptional circumstances. Any requests for leave of absence should be made on the appropriate application form at least 21 days in advance. The form will be provided by the school office. You will be advised of the outcome.


If you take your child out of school for a leave of absence during term time without the school’s permission this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and may result in parents/carers being issued a Fixed Penalty Notice.

This penalty is £60 per parent/carer per child and if this is not paid within 21 days it will increase to £120. Failure to pay the full amount within 28 days will result in a summons to appear in the Magistrates Court.