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Attendance & Punctuality

Every parent* must make sure their child gets a full-time education that meets their needs.  This can be at a school or through home education.  Children must get an education between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16.

If a student is unexpectedly missing from school you will be contacted by the School or the Education Attendance Officer.  Contact will be made if a student is missing, even for one day.  Parents can be prosecuted for failing to ensure satisfactory attendance to school.

Whittington green School believes that good attendance is not simply a legal requirement.  The School recognises that high levels of attendance and punctuality are essential in meeting the outcomes of the Keeping Children Safe in Education agenda which are vitally important if students are to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities that the School offers and gain the appropriate skills that will equip them for life. The School also recognises the direct link between attendance and attainment and as such encourages high levels of attendance in order for students to fulfil their potential academically.  Evidence shows that children with poor attendance are unlikely to succeed academically and are more likely not to be in education, training or employment (NEET) when they leave school.

How does attendance measure up?

Attendance during one school year

Equals – days absent

Which is approximately weeks absent

This number of lessons are missed


9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


48 days

10 weeks

250 lessons


57 days

11.5 weeks

290 lessons


67 days

13.5 weeks

340 lessons

 Whittington Green School aims to achieve good attendance by operating an attendance policy within which governors, staff, students, parents/carers and the Early Help Tem can work in partnership.  The School will monitor attendance and ensure quick and early intervention if a problem is identified.

The Attendance and Pastoral teams will encourage good attendance and liaise with home and other agencies when this is appropriate.  Good attendance will be seen as an achievement in its own right and recognised as such by the School.  The attendance policy is based on the premise of equal opportunities for all.  

 When your child can miss School

You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • they’re too ill to attend
  • you have secured advance permission from the School

There’s extra support available if your child can’t go to school for long periods because of a health problem.

 Holidays/Requests for Leave of Absence in term time

You have to get permission from the Headteacher if you want to take your child out of School during term time.

You can only do this if:

  • you make an application to the Headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • there are exceptional circumstances

It is the Headteacher's decision how many days your child can be away from School if leave is granted.  You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the School’s permission.

*The definition of a parent for school purposes is much wider than for any other situation. The Education Act 1996 defines a parent as: 

  • All natural parents, including those that are not married; 
  • Any person who has parental responsibility but is not a natural parent e.g. a legally appointed guardian or the Local Authority named in a Care Order; 
  • Any person who has care of a child i.e. a person with whom the child resides and who looks after the child irrespective of the relationship 

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 state that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively. Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.