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Good Attendance

It is the school's firm belief that we want to support our families to keep their children in school. If you are experiencing difficulties getting your child into school, for any reason, please contact our Deputy Headteacher and Inclusions Manager, Mrs Cairns or our SENCO, Mrs Collins, via the school. 
2020 has brought new challenges for our families and our pupils. Children have missed a significant amount of learning and contact with other children and the impact of this has been clear for many. The school is doing all we can to bridge the gaps in learning and has made online lessons and activities available to all children throughout the Spring and Summer. Remote Learning is now a recognised strength of the school and in cases where Children need to be sent home, at this current time. This will always be provided. 
The school cannot give permission for absence for any reason which is not an exceptional circumstance. Exceptional circumstances generally mean significant life events, such as weddings of very close relatives, and in certain circumstances, the reasonable travel time to get there. There will be a small number of occasions in the lives of everybody when these events happen, but they are the exception rather than the rule and each case will be looked at individually. Where appropriate, they will be authorised. 
Absence cannot be authorised for holidays. This includes holidays wrapped around significant events. For instance, the school cannot authorise a two week holiday around a wedding abroad, only the day of the wedding and the travel time to reach it. Other events such as Birthdays, Family Visits and celebrations, also cannot be authorised. This does not mean that Parents cannot choose to attend with their children, only that the school will not authorise these choices and the result may be a fine. The school does not control the fining of a parent, only the decision to authorise or not and the school does not benefit in any way from the fines. 


Something to think about …………

Is 90% attendance good enough?


The school year is made up of 190 days of learning ……..


Take the example of Jane Brown.  Her attendance is always around 90% and her mum thinks this is excellent!


In fact, Jane has missed the equivalent of 4 whole weeks of lessons in the school year.  If Jane continues to attend for only 90% of her Primary School education, she will have missed a total of 23 weeks or 6 months which is over half a school year!


Here are some more facts for you ………


95% attendance means 10 days of learning have been missed


90%     =   20 days

85%     =   30 days

80%     =   40 days

75%     =   50 days

70%     =   60 days


How much learning has your child missed?





The Head Teacher and the Attendance Advisory Practioner have the responsibility to monitor the attendance of pupils at this school 

The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 96% attendance


The more your child is at school; the more likely they are to achieve at school and in later life


Attendance 97%-100%


Your child attends for 97% - 100% of the time this is to be congratulated.

A child absent for one week in the year would equal an attendance statistic of 97%


Attendance 96%


Research as shown that for children to reach their full potential attendance of 96% is vital


Attendance 90%-95%


Your child is at risk of under-achieving. This will be monitored closely by the Head Teacher and Attendance Officer. You may be requested to attend a meeting within the school and to provide medical evidence on all future absences


Attendance 90% and below


Your child is at severe risk of under-achieving. Your child will be referred to the Attendance Advisory Service which may result in court proceedings if attendance does not improve


Parents ARE legally responsible for their child’s attendance at school

If you are having problems with getting your child into school we are here to help - Good communication is vital






Parkwood Primary School
Deanwood Drive
Telephone: 01634 234699
For all queries from parents or members of the public please contact;
Office Manager: Mrs K Russell 
SENCO: Mrs H Collins 

Email us at  or go to the contact page and fill out the form