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At Heronswood we value the importance of regular attendance at school and we strive to have the highest attendance possible.  High attendance (97% +) is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable children to fully develop their learning potential.


The attendance patterns for all children is monitored on a weekly basis, with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained.  When a child’s attendance drops below an acceptable level parents will receive a letter and be invited into school for a meeting.

Research has shown that poor attendance can seriously affect each child's:-

➢       attainment in school

➢       progress in school

➢       attitude towards learning

➢       relationships with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships

➢       confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others

➢       long-term life chances

Each child’s attendance can be summarised as:

➢       97%+ = Excellent – Well done! This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. This will give them a good start in life and supports a positive work ethic.

➢       95% = Average – Well done, strive to build on this.

➢       93% = Poor – Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Please work with the school urgently to improve the situation.

➢       90% = Unacceptable – Absence is causing SERIOUS CONCERN. It IS affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting your child’s learning. We will work with you and the Education Welfare Officer [EWO] to improve your child’s attendance.



It is very important that children are on time every day for school.  At 8:35am our children go into class and start their lessons straight away.  If children are not coming into school until 9:00am they will have already missed 25 minutes of learning time.  Over a week this will equate to missing 2 hours and 5 minutes and over 4 weeks they will miss 8 hours 20mins which equals a day and a half in school.

Please ensure your children, for their benefit, are in school and on time every day.



Illness and Medical Appointments


If your child is unwell and can’t attend school then please contact the School Office by 9:00am to inform us.  On return to school your child will also need to bring a letter of explanation in. As part of our Safeguarding Procedures, the school office will endeavour to contact the parent or carer and other emergency contacts if no message has been received regarding the reason for the absence to check on the safety of the child.

a) Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside school hours.

b) An appointment card or verification by the doctors/ dentist/hospital is required.

c) If it is necessary for a child to be out of school for this reason, the child should be returned to school directly after the appointment.

d) If your child is absent due to vomiting and diarrhea then they should not return to school for the next 48 hours.  The 48 hour period starts from the last time that the child is ill. This is to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to other children and adults at the school.

e) Medical certificates are required for absence greater than five days.


Planned Absence - Family Holidays

The Governors recognise that pupil absence during term time can seriously disrupt a pupil’s continuity of learning. Parents are therefore strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday in term time.  Parents do not have an automatic right to withdraw pupils from school for a holiday and in law, have to apply for permission in advance. Such permission is granted in accordance with arrangements made by the Governing Body and no more than one period of holiday of no more than five school days in any academic year can be authorised. Planned absence for the Autumn term is evaluated on the previous years attendance levels.  Absence at any time can disrupt your child's learning however during September or May can be particularly disruptive to your child and we would strongly advice against any absence during those months.


When any application is made for authorised absence during term time, the Headteacher gives consideration to:

• The age of the child

• The nature of the proposed absence

• The timing of the proposed absence

• The child’s progress and attainment levels

• The attendance pattern in the present and previous academic years. Absence will not be authorised where attendance is lower than 95% or where the absence would take attendance below 95%. 

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