At Colmers Farm Primary School, attendance is extremely important. Your child is our top priority and if they are to achieve their full potential they must be in school to learn. We aim to have a whole school yearly attendance of at least 94%.

When a child is absent from school they miss valuable learning opportunities, which will have a knock-on effect on their education as a whole. Children who miss time off school do not achieve as well as their peers. Not only do they miss the lessons, they also miss out on social aspects of school life, including making and maintaining friendships.

It is parents' legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education. Failing to send your child to school regularly without good reason is a criminal offence.

We will not authorise family holidays, and these will be marked as unauthorised absence on your child's register. Please remember that rainy days, going shopping, visiting family, birthdays during the week and not wanting to go to school, are not acceptable reasons to be absent and will be recorded as unauthorised. If you are concerned that your child does not want to come to school, please talk a member of staff. Let us know if we can help.

Children who hover around or below the 85% attendance mark run a very high risk of underachieving in school. If this attendance level were to continue through a whole year, a total of 30 days would be missed. This is the same as six weeks, or half a term, of lost education. Children with an attendance of 85% or below are referred to as Persistent Absentees.

Children whose attendance falls below an acceptable level will be referred to our attendance officer who will issue a letter to the family about next steps. Please remember that we are here to help your child to learn. If there is a genuine problem in getting your children to school, let us know.

Punctuality is also very important. Children start work promptly in the morning and children who are late will lose out on their learning. The school will contact parents of children who are persistently late.

Good attendance is a parental responsibility and the children rely on you to get them to school each day. With parental support we know that we can reach and exceed our target of 94%, ensuring that all children achieve and excel during their time at Colmers Farm Primary School.

The Impact of Non-Attendance

We cannot stress enough how vitally important good attendance is in ensuring your child makes good progress. If they are regularly late or missing days on a regular basis, this leads to the child falling behind in their learning.

Days of Education Attendance Status Note
190 school days 100% Good Gives your child the best chance of success and gets them off to a flying start.
180 school days =
10 days absence
95% Worrying Less chance of success. Makes it harder to make progress.
171 school days =
19 days absence
90% Persistent absentee - serious concern. Not fair on your child. Their learning and progress is seriously affected. Could lead to court action.
161 school days =
29 days absence
(half a term missed)
152 school days =
38 days absence
143 school days =
47 days absence