The legal stance
- All Children in England are to attend school for 190 days per year.
- All members of staff are to attend work for 195 days per year. (individual schools determine the 5 staff training days, and are often different for all schools)
- Children cannot be granted authorised absence for holidays, day trips or for visiting relatives during term time. Parents are strongly discouraged from removing children from school during term time.
- Previously under the old regulations, Head teachers were allowed to grant a leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten days leave per year. The Coalition Government’s amendment to the 2006 regulation removes references to family holiday as well as the threshold of ten school days. No term time holidays will be authorised.
- Children receive 2 marks in the school register each day.
- Only under exceptional circumstances can an absence be authorised from school and evidence must be provided.
- Schools administer the registers for attendance, that are electronically checked by the local Education Welfare Officer (EWO)
- Parents have the legal responsibility to ensure that their children are in school during term time.
- Parents are responsible to inform the school if their child is absent from school with a reason for the absence.
- Absences are categorised by all schools in England in the same way in the class registers.
- Schools will send out letters informing parents when a child’s attendance falls below an unacceptable percentage and will be invited to discuss the attendance with an Education Welfare Officer from the local authority.
- The Local Authority and the Education Welfare Officer have the legal powers to issue fixed term fines of £60 per parent for poor attendance.
- Schools monitor lateness rigorously as children need to be in school on time. (Gates open at 8.45am and close at 8.55am) Any child arriving after this time must be escorted to the school office and signed into the late register.
Our current school percentage and target for attendance is 97%.
Please contact for any issues relating to school attendance our Home School Link Worker; Mr Cotton.