We expect the highest standards of attendance and punctuality. Children every day and on time is key to steady progress and enjoyment of learning, and for this reason the school is dedicated to ensuring maximum attendance.

We encourage all pupils to work towards 100% attendance.

A whole calendar year has 365 days – a school year has only 190 days. This leaves 175 days to spend on family time, visits, holidays and other appointments.

School gates open at 8.25am – children can go straight into class upon arrival.

Registration is at 8.40am and all pupils are expected to be in school by this time. 

Any arrival to class after 8.340am will be marked late.

We encourage regular attendance by:

  • providing a caring and welcoming learning environment and learning that is such fun that children will not want to miss it
  • responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the academy or other pupils
  • marking registers accurately and punctually during morning and afternoon registration
  • publishing and displaying attendance statistics
  • celebrating good and improved attendance
  • monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary

We expect that you will:

  • ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal responsibilities.
  • ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at the school punctually and fully prepared for the school day.
  • Ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to attend the school.
  • Contact the school by 9am on the first day of your child’s absence.
  • Contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away from the school.


Absence Request Form


Reporting an absence

Is your child too ill for school?  Please click here for NHS advice on some common ailments.

If your child is poorly or is absent from school at short notice please call the school on 01803 292642. If the school has not been notified of a reason for absence we will call you.

What is good attendance?

100% = Our target for every child
97%+ = Excellent
96% - 97% = Good

Lost minutes = Lost learning

5 minutes late per day = 3 DAYS LOST
10 minutes late per day = 6 DAYS LOST
15 minutes late per day = 9 DAYS LOST
20 minutes late per day = 12 DAYS LOST
30 minutes late per day = 18 DAYS LOST EACH YEAR!

Failure to attend school

“Failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people’s education, their future and their life chances.”

We have a comprehensive Attendance and Absence Policy; absences are strongly discouraged.

Penalty notices may be used as a deterrent to prevent a pattern of unauthorised absences developing.


It can be tricky deciding whether to keep your child off school when they are unwell. Most illnesses are very mild, like a minor headache or a slight cold. If you decide to keep your child at home, it’s important to phone the school before 9am to let them know why they will be absent. Parents need to call school every day, it is not acceptable to say that your child will be absent all week.

Routine medical and dental appointments

Wherever possible, make medical and dental appointments after school or in school holidays.

What about taking my child out of school to go on holiday?

There are 13 weeks of school holidays per year. Taking holidays during term time still affects a child’s attendance.
Term time holiday + absence due to illness (or other reason) = Significant impact on your child’s attendance
You must get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
* you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
* there are exceptional circumstances
It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.

Attendance Rewards

We celebrate attendance every Monday in a special assembly where the classes with the best attendance for the previous week are awarded a certificate. We hold half termly celebration breakfasts for the class that has had the highest attendance across the school, parents are invited in to share this reward. Children can also achieve attendance badges every term – bronze, silver and gold.