Why attendance at school is so important:

It is essential that a child of statutory school age (term after their 5th birthday) attends school regularly and maintains a pattern of good attendance throughout their school life. Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child to fulfil their potential. Here are just some of the key reasons why it is important children attend school:

  • To learn
  • To have fun
  • To make friends
  • To experience new things
  • To develop new skills
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To achieve
  • To have the best possible start in life!


The view of Leeds City Council:

Improving school attendance is one of our ‘obsessions’ for children in Leeds. We firmly believe that the best place for children to be during term time is in school and we will support schools to ensure that parents understand the importance of regular attendance and the benefits to children taking a full and active part in daily school life. Evidence shows that children with poor attendance tend to achieve less well. We have always discouraged parents from taking their children out of school for any reason.

Every school day counts:

Every single day a child is absent from school = a day of lost learning

For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks!

If your child has 90% attendance each year they are at our school they will miss a total of 28 weeks – which is half a school year lost!

Give your child the best start in life – every school day counts

Persistent Absence:

Children are identified as persistent absentees if they miss 10% or more school sessions available to them.

Why it is important for your child to arrive at school on time:

Arriving late to school:

  • Can cause embarrassment for the child
  • Can cause disruption to the rest of the class
  • Can make it harder for the child to settle
  • Impacts on the child’s learning, progress and achievement

Being 15 minutes late each day during an entire school year is the same as missing two whole weeks of school!

Attendance Monitoring:

Pupil attendance is monitored regularly. Each term we will write to parents letting them know the attendance percentage for the child using the traffic light system below:

If a child’s attendance remains below 90% parents/carers will be asked to attend a meeting to discuss how we can work together to improve attendance.

If following that meeting a child’s attendance continues to be of concern a referral will be made to the Extended Services Support Team or the Attendance Improvement Office at Leeds City Council.

If the school has child protection concerns then the school’s child protection procedures would be followed immediately.

All staff will work with parents and carers to help them meet their legal responsibility, in ensuring their children attend school regularly. Children of compulsory school age (5 to 16 years) must, by law receive a full time education.

Each person with parental responsibility could be taken to court and fined up to £2,500, or sentenced to three months in prison, for each child who is not attending school regularly or who is persistently late.

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