Being at school is a very important part of any young person’s life. It enables them to learn, to make friends, to gain important knowledge and to develop a variety of skills which will prepare them for adult life.

Regular and punctual school attendance gives your child the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve success.

As parents or carers it is your responsibility to make sure that your child makes the most of this opportunity by attending regularly. It is vital that every child’s punctuality and attendance is monitored as carefully as possible by parents and school alike. This will help to identify at an early stage any attendance problems that may arise which could affect your child’s educational developmentMissing lessons makes the work more difficult. For every day that pupils are absent from school they fall behind in 4 lessons.

Why does attendance matter?

Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well and will set them up with good routines for later life and the working world, as well as giving your child the opportunity to:

  • Make lots of friends and feel included;
  • Learn new things and develop many skills;
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem;
  • Improve social skills;
  • Achieve potential and fulfil aspirations.

Remember school time is precious

Unnecessary days off school can soon mount up so that pupils have gaps in their knowledge which can be hard to fill.

A child has 90% attendance. His parents think this is pretty good. Are they right?

90% attendance is the equivalent of ½ day missed every week.

90% attendance in one school year = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed!

Term Time Holiday

At The Willows, we are committed to maximising the potential of all our pupils and we need your support in ensuring that holidays are not taken in school time so that your child has every opportunity to succeed.

Holidays in school time may be less expensive… BUT remember that your child’s education is PRICELESS!

Family holidays should take place during the school holiday dates. The government ask all schools not to authorise holidays during term time because of the clear links between attendance and attainment.

At The Willows, we do not automatically authorise any absence during term time for holidays and holidays are actively discouraged by the school.

The Head teacher will only authorise holiday absence under “exceptional circumstances” and a child’s current attendance would be a consideration in all cases.  

All requests for holidays in term time must be made in advance.  We strongly recommend that parents gain consent for any holiday in term time before booking.

Parents and carers should not assume that a holiday will be authorised just because a holiday request form has been submitted.

Attendance Policy

Guide to Fixed Penalty Notices

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