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Vicar's Green Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance Policy



The importance of punctuality and attendance

It is acknowledged that a great majority of our families ensure that their children attend school regularly. Thank you!

Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance. There are only 190 school days in a year and we want to see every child at school every day because every school day counts!
One of our key priorities is to improve our school attendance. Over the last year we achieved 96.9%. Our school target was 96.4%. The Local Authority is keeping a close eye on our school percentage rates of attendance and the pupils who may be persistently absent from school. Did you know? - all schools must report their termly attendance percentages to the Department for Education.

We are forever seeking to improve the attendance of children of families who continue to take term time holidays or who book optician appointments or dental appointments in school time, or who do not make arrangements for children to attend school if a family member is ill. Remember - every half day counts!


Please do not make travel arrangements or book tickets until the school has authorised the leave. If leave is taken without prior permission from the school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and reported to the Local Authority and could result in a fixed penalty fine or legal proceedings.

Attendance standards

The expected target for all pupils attending our school is 96.4% 
Attendance is closely linked to attainment, children with poor attendance in primary school are less likely to achieve their potential GCSE results.
Good attendance and satisfactory attendance:
99%= not more than 2 days a year absent
98% = not more than 4 days a year absent
97% = not more than 6 days a year absent
96% = not more than 8 days a year absent
95% = not more than 10 days a year absent
94% = not more than 11 days a year absent.
Attendance that is worrying and of serious concern:

90% = 19 days absence a year - worrying and requires close monitoring
85% = 29 days absence a year - worrying -a parent contract will be required
80% = 38 days absence a year - serious concern
75% = 48 days absence a year - serious concern – possible court action may be taken.

We would like to wish all our families a happy and healthy summer holiday - school will re-open on Wednesday 6th September at 8.55am.