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Woodford Primary School

Woodford Primary School

Attendance and Holidays

Regular attendance and punctuality are very important if children are to achieve their educational potential. Statistics show that children who attend school regularly make more progress and achieve better than those who do not. Every lesson is important and it can be difficult for children to catch up if they miss too much of their learning. However, it is highly likely that a child will be unable to attend school at some point, usually due to illness. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends school regularly.  The school monitors attendance and punctuality regularly.  Letters will be sent to parents when attendance falls to raise awareness of the potential impact on children's progress and sense of well-being.

Attendance Data 2019-20 (incl: period over Pandemic)

  • Number of children on roll : 439
  • Percentage of attendance: 94.95%
  • Authorised Absence= 4.36%
  • Unauthorised Absence= 0.68%

If your child is unable to come to school parents must inform the school office by 9.30 a.m. on the morning of the first day of absence.  We also require a note of explanation when your child returns.  Acceptable reasons for absence are sickness, medical/dental treatment, bereavement, religious observance, exclusion and external exams. Such absences are considered ‘authorised’.

Leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.  Requests for all known absences must be made on the appropriate form, available from the school office or downloaded from this site.

‘Unauthorised’ absences are those for which permission is not granted or for which an explanation is not received.

Click here for Absence forms

Late Arrival

Children who arrive at school after 9.00 a.m. must report to the office to explain the reason for their late arrival in school and make their lunch choice for the day.

Regular and habitual lateness for school is not acceptable as it :-

  • Disadvantages your child educationally because they then do not know what to do and they have to catch up.
  • Disrupts teaching time when lessons have already started.
  • Involves the remarking of registers.
  • Affects the provision of school meals
  • Conveys a message that lateness is acceptable.

Being punctual and arriving at school on time will ensure that your child is able to settle, organise themselves and ready to learn every day, establishing good habits which will prepare them well for later life.