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From the first day of term to the last, the small moments in a school day make a real difference to your child...

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly.

Regular attendance is important for children's ability to make and keep friendships, which is a vital part of growing up and socialisation. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age, from nursery through primary school and on through senior school, will help your child develop good habits for later on in their life. Being on time is also vital. Arriving to school late can be very disruptive for your child, their teacher and the other children in the class. Research has also shown that children who are not in school can become vulnerable. For example, children who play truant are more likely to be drawn into crime than those who do not. 

Being around teachers and friends in a school environment is the best way for pupils to learn and reach their potential.  Time in school also keeps children safe and provides access to extra-curricular opportunities and pastoral care.  Regular school attendance can facilitate positive peer relationships, which is a protective factor for mental health and wellbeing. For more information, click here to read the article, Why is school attendance so important and what are the risks of missing a day? on the Government website.

Missing one week of school means missing at least five hours of English and five hours of Maths.  
Carefully planned lessons follow on from each other, so missing even one lesson could mean that your child will fall behind in their studies.  Punctuality matters too!  Being late to a lesson can lead to children becoming anxious or embarrassed and can lead to them having difficulty learning in that lesson.


The NHS and the Chief Medical Officer state that it is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses, including general cold symptoms like a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat, but not if they have a temperature of 38°C or above.  

Click here to read the Government’s guidance on this.



We ask all parents to make sure that your child attends on every school day unless they are unwell. 

Each of our schools has an attendance policy which all parents should be aware of and staff at our schools are always keen to help support parents with attendance.  If parents find attendance is becoming a concern or issue at home, please do approach your child's school as there can be many factors which the school might be able to help with. Working with the school when there are significant changes at home can help to avoid attendance issues.

For any queries regarding absence, attendance or for help and further information, please contact your child’s school on the appropriate email address below: 

Related Articles Link
Attendance gap widens as poorer pupils fall behind
(Schools Week article)
Click here
How to improve your child’s school attendance and where to get support
(The Education Hub Government website)
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Letter to school leaders on mild illness and school attendance
(Department for Education correspondence)
Click here
The positive impact regular attendance has on pupil outcomes
(Progress Teaching website)
Click here
Why is school attendance so important and what are the risks of missing a day?
(The Education Hub Government website)
Click here