Attendance - it matters, it really counts!


Get your child to school on time, every day!

There is a link between good attendance and high levels of attainment.

Regardless of the reason if your child is absent from school it will normally impact on their learning,  Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school on time, every day.




It's important that your child attends school every day and on time.


Arriving late to school is unsettling and attending school on time is key to your child doing well at school and will set them up with good habits for tier life and the working world.  It will also give your child the opportunity to:


* make lots of friends and feel included

* learn new things and develop many skills

* increase their confidence and self-esteem

* improve their social skills

* achieve their full potential and achieve their aspirations

Absence during term time

Children must attend school every day whenever possible and must not be absent from school for day trips, shopping, birthdays, baby-sitting or parent/carer or sibling illness.

Unauthorised leave in term time (holidays)

Children are not entitled to holidays in term time.  Holidays should be taking during school holiday periods.

Requests for leave due to exceptional circumstances preventing the period of leave being taken in school holiday periods must be made in writing to the Headteacher.


Fines of £120 per parent/carer may be issued by the Local Authority where unauthorised leave has been taken in term time.


Medical appointments

All medical appointments should be booked outside of school hours whenever possible.  where this is not possible the amount go school time missed should be kept to a minimum. w e are unlikely to authorise time off is medical evidence is not provided (appointment letter/text message).

Too ill to attend school?

Children should still attend school with minor ailments (toothache, headache, stomach ache, sore throats) as over the counter medicine can be given before school.  We will contact you if they become too ill and need to to be collected. Children must stay off school for 48 hours if they have diarrhoea or vomiting.  If you are unsure, please speak to the School Office, your doctor or pharmacist for advice.




We want to help if your child's attendance at school is a problem (less than 96%) then do speak to us.  We will also be in touch with parents and carers of pupils whose attendance is giving us concern.


Where can I get further information and support?

Please speak to your child's class teacher or make an appointment to speak to one of the senior leaders if you are concerned about your child's attendance   We can help with useful tips and hints to help improve attendance.  The worst thing you can do is do nothing!



Click this link for information from the government on help on getting your child to attend school


West Sussex County Council information on school absence

See the Policies page for the school's Attendance Policy