Children need to attend school regularly and punctually to gain the maximum benefit from their education. Absence from lessons leaves children very vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less well at school. They miss out on the wide range of opportunities school provides to learn and develop academically, socially and emotionally.

The school year is only 190 (six and a half hour) days, this leaves 175 days and many hours when children are not expected to be in school and can spend time on family, visits, holidays, shopping, household jobs, and other appointments.

Requests for absence will only be approved in exceptional circumstances and completed request for absence forms must be handed into the office at least 14 days prior to the first date of absence.