“Attendance is the essential foundation to positive outcomes for all pupils and should therefore be seen as everyone’s responsibility’
The importance of good attendance and its link to attainment:
The pupils with the highest attainment at the end of key stage 2 and key stage 4 have higher rates of attendance over the key stage compared to those with the lowest attainment.
At KS2, pupils not meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths had an overall
attendance rate of 95.3%, compared to 96.5% among those meeting the expected standard.
90% attendance is the equivalent of your child missing 1 full day of education over a two week
96%-100% attendance puts you in the Green Zone. Well Done! This means that pupils are making the most of the opportunities on offer at school; your child gets the chance to join in as much as possible and make lots of friends.
Children have the best chance of doing well at school because they don’t miss any work and you
get to do all the fun stuff too.
90-95% attendance will be in the Amber Zone. Your child’s attendance might be a little lower
than the other children because they have been ill or have had a holiday during school-time. You
don’t want them to miss out so try and send them to school as much as you can. Attendance in
the Amber Zone will be monitored – you may receive a letter home from school to inform you
that your child’s attendance is a concern.
Below 90% will be in the red zone. If your child is in the RED Zone they could be missing lots of important and fun things at school, and this may have a detrimental effect on their attainment.
Absence will be unauthorised unless appropriate evidence is provided. The school / Education
Welfare office may be in touch to discuss your child’s attendance.
Please note that if a pupil has 20 sessions (one session = half a day) of unauthorised absence in a
12 week period, the Education Welfare Officer has a statutory duty to intervene and a fine may
Absence due to Illness
If you are unsure about whether to keep your child off school, how long they should be off for or when to send them back, please use the following NHS guidance: ‘Should my child go to school?’