Good school attendance gives your child enormous benefits and advantages: they can develop close friendships, make excellent progress in their learning, and not miss out on any educational or social experiences. It develops good habits for life, and shows you respect and value their education.
Children enter their classrooms in school between 8.45 and 9 a.m. By 9 a.m. all children should be in class, ready to learn.
All schools are required to record and publish their authorised and unauthorised absences, and it is the responsibility of parents to let the school know the reason for a child’s absence.
Please inform us if your child is unwell and unable to attend school by telephoning 2077 8176 on the morning of the first day of absence. Please continue to phone each day until they are ready to return to school, or give us an idea of how long they will be off (such as for 48 hours if it is a stomach bug).
Authorised absences include illness, special circumstances and dental or medical appointments. Unauthorised absences include unexplained absences, holidays and lateness. All absences will be queried and unexplained absences will be followed up by the School Attendance Officer.
It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.
95% - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance.
95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.
All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance either in writing or by completion of the school form; 'Application for absence in term time'. Absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a good attendance percentage?
A. 95 - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance. 95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.
Q. What is poor attendance?
A. Anything below 95% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.
Q. What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 95%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.
Q. Isn't my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The School may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.
If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time, parents may be served a penalty notice by Cardiff Education Welfare Office (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad, a fine of £120 for two children who live with a single parent)
Did you know there are 175 non-school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc.
Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school, the school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child's attendance.
Q. What should I do if my child is absent?
A. Contact the school on the first day and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence.
REMEMBER EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNTS TOWARDS YOUR CHILD'S SUCCESS