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ATTENDANCE MATTERS


At Sunny Bank Primary School we expect every child to achieve at least 96% attendance, (no more than 7 days of absence across the academic year).


Our target is however to achieve better than this: we target every child to achieve 100% attendance because we know that good attendance is the key to successful schooling.


To this end:

If a child’s attendance drops below 96%, their attendance will be monitored on a weekly basis, and a Medical Evidence letter will be sent from the Attendance Officer. This letter will state that medical evidence will be required for all periods of absence. If medical evidence is not provided, a penalty warning letter will be actioned. A penalty fine will follow if the parent(s) continues to not provide medical evidence.


Once a child’s attendance drops to 90% or below, the parent(s) will be invited to a meeting with the Head of School/FLO to discuss the matter and find a way to resolve the issue. Failure to attend the meeting or continued absence, will result in a referral to the Education Welfare Assistant or Educational Welfare Officer.


Requests for holidays in term time will not be authorised.


From September 2013, the Department of Education removed the Headteacher’s ability to authorise leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday. If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken anyway, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer. A penalty notice will be issued to each parent for each child taken out of school.


PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED WHEN TERM TIME HOLIDAYS ARE NOT AUTHORISED



Raise Your Childs Attendance - Raise their Chances!


There is a significant link between attendance and progress. Good attendance is the key to achieving academic success.


Simone is in Year 3 and has 90% attendance.

Is that good?

90% attendance = ½ day missed every week!!



Would your boss like you to be off work this much? That’s practically part time!


1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons MISSED!!!


90% is not as good as it first seemed.



The Governors, Head of School and staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at Sunny Bank Primary School.


WE NEED TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND BE COMMITTED TO GIVING YOUR CHILD EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AT SCHOOL



Ways for parents to encourage attendance:

Talk regularly with your child about school and how they feel about it. More likely to attend if they feel supported and anxieties listened to.


Phone us as soon as possible to tell us why your child is absent, and when you expect them to return.

Putting the school number in your phone can save you time. Know the school routine for alerting you of the absence.


Only grant days at home for genuine illness, you will know! Always consider is this ailment serious enough to warrant a day’s absence when only 7 sick days are available for the year, moreover, if I felt the same would I be having a day off work?


Do not take holidays in school time

If you have any concerns re your child and reluctance to attend school make contact with the school as soon as possible so that we can support you and your child to resolve any issues. In the first instance make contact with:

Your child’s teacher,

Miss Allen our Family Liaison Officer


Please help us and your child by ensuring their attendance remains above 96%, allowing them to achieve

their potential.



PLEASE FIND A COPY OF OUR FULL ATTENDANCE POLICY HERE


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