Information for Parents and Carers

Why is it important for your child not to miss school?

If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work.
  • Make little progress in their learning.
  • Miss out on the school social life.
  • Find it difficult to make and maintain friendships.
  • Become withdrawn and lack confidence.

Research has shown that children who are not in school are most vulnerable.

What does the law say?

By law, all children of compulsory school age must get a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are responsible for making sure he or she attends. The Local Authority may take legal action against you.

The school has to report any poor attendance to the Education Welfare Officer and Local Authority. As a parent you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school.

School Educational Welfare Officer – Rachel Worrad

Contact details –

How much time is lost?

% Attendance during one school year Number of days absent Sessions absent

(2 sessions each day)

Which is approximately weeks absent
95% 9 ½ Days 19 Sessions 2 Weeks
92% 15 Days 30 Sessions 3 Weeks
90% 19 Days 38 Sessions 4 Weeks
85% 28 ½ Days 57 Sessions 6 Weeks
80% 38 Days 76 Sessions 8 Weeks
75% 47 ½ Days 95 Sessions 9 ½ Weeks
70% 57 Days 114 Sessions 11 ½ Weeks
65% 67 Days 134 Sessions 13 ½ Weeks

Please help your child to be punctual!


Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning lost and can seriously disadvantage your child.

Minutes late per day for the School Year Number of days learning lost in a School year
5 minutes 3.4 days
10 minutes 6.9 days
15 minutes 10.3 days
20 minutes 13.8 days
30 minutes 20.7 days


Attendance Matters!

How can parents help?

  • Do not take holidays within term time.
  • Do not take long weekends which result in the children losing Fridays/ Mondays.
  • Always tell us where your child is. Let us know straight away via a phone call.
  • If you are struggling and need help let us know.
  • Always engage with the school so that we can support you. Sometimes children are ill and they cannot help being absent.
  • Always attend attendance meetings if requested. These meetings are meant to be supportive and to ensure that the school is aware of any issues.
  • Work with us because we only want the best educational opportunities for your child
  • ‘Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.’ Albert Einstein

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