School Attendance (information for parents)
Responsibility as a parent
If you are a parent of a child of statutory age (between five and 16 years) who is registered at a school you are responsible for making sure s/he attends school regularly.
Who is a parent?
- Any natural parent, whether married or not
- Any parent who, although they are not a natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in the children act 1989) for a child or young person.
- Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person. Having care of a child or young person means that a person with whom the child lives and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child, is considered to be a parent in education law.
Why does attendance matter?
Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school and will set them up with good routines for later life and the working world, as well as giving them the opportunity to:
- Make friends and feel included
- Learn new things and develop skills
- Increase their confidence and self esteem
- Improve social skills
- Achieve their potential and fulfil aspirations
Every school day counts
Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning.
100% attendance – No days missed
95% attendance – 9 days of absence (One week and four days of learning missed)
90% attendance – 19 days of absence (Three weeks and four days of learning missed)
85% attendance – 28 days of absence (Five weeks and three days of learning missed)
What is authorised absence?
This is any absence that is approved by your child’s headteacher. These absences will be marked in the attendance register with an authorised absence code.
What is an unauthorised absence?
This is any absence that is not approved by your child’s headteacher including:
- Absence for which a parent has not provided a reason
- Absence where the reason provided has not been accepted as a justifiable or genuine by the headteacher
- If your child arrives late after the close of registration
These absences will be marked in the attendance register with an unauthorised absence code.