Attendance Matters!

The Importance of School Attendance 
Information for Parents and Carers

Why is it so important that my child attends school regularly?

Children who attend school regularly will achieve their full potential. Not only does school provide high quality learning experiences to enrich children’s lives, but we also provide numerous opportunities for children to develop social skills and to grow into well-rounded individuals. Good attendance means children will benefit greatly from these aspects of school life.

However, children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. Missing school leaves children vulnerable to underachievement. falling behind. Not only does this affect academic attainment, but children with poor attendance can often feel left out, find it hard to make and keep friends, feel insecure and lack confidence. Their overall attitude to learning can be inhibited; behavioral problems may develop and health and wellbeing may be affected.

Celebrating Good Attendance 

We love to celebrate good attendance at Our Lady of Peace and have different incentives and recognition systems in place.  An Attendance Trophy or Bear is given to the class with the highest attendance that week!  Monthly attendance results can be found on our school website, and our school newsletter. Do have a look to see how your child's class is doing!

Parental Responsibility

Parents have a legal responsibility to provide an education for their child. It is an offence not to ensure that have your child attends school regularly. Your child must attend the whole school day, every day, on time and be ready to learn unless the absence is completely unavoidable. The national average attendance for a child in Britain is 96.5%. Our Lady of Peace expects attendance of at least 96%.  Attendance falling below 95% is therefore cause for concern. Absence of under 90% falls into the category of ‘persistent absenteeism’ and is referred to the Local Authority with possible warnings, fines, parental orders and court action applied. The school will do its best to support families to prevent action being taken this far. 

The School Day

The school day is split into an A.M. session and a P.M. session and your child will be registered at both, as this is a statutory requirement. To safeguard our children, a phone call will be made to parents if there is no reason provided for the absence, no reason for absence should be received by 9:30am. The school will then conduct home visits if we have not been able to contact families.

Finally, in the event that families have not been contacted the school will communicate with Outside Agencies.

Further intervention will take place i.e. emails, texts, home visits and outside agencies being contacted to ensure all is well if no communication is received. Attendance is separated into authorised or unauthorised absence. Records are kept, and attendance is monitored and tracked by the school. Please note: Parents will be notified of the school’s action if leave of absence requests are going to be unauthorised, by text, email, letter, in person or by a phone call/voice mail message. 

Early collection from school and extended leave are both completely discouraged. 

Please note - it is your responsibility to inform school of any changes of contact numbers.

What to do if your child cannot attend school:

The following information provides you with clear instructions for what to do if your child is unable to come to school on a given day. Please take time to read this information and keep it in a safe place for easy reference. You must contact the school by 08:30am on the first day of absence. Please leave a message with your child's name, class and the reason why they cannot attend. If they are ill, please give a clear explanation of their condition (‘Unwell’ will not be accepted).  Please follow all telephone calls with a letter or email.  Alternatively, you can email the school on to report an absence.

IMPORTANT: You will be required to adhere to the attendance criteria found below.


Any illness that requires home rest in general and is not treated by prescribed medication will be authorised on a ‘day by day basis’ to the maximum of two days only. On the third day of illness, it is recommended that you take your child to the doctors, if they are still unwell. Supporting evidence may be requested in order to authorise from this point.  

Parents who have a child diagnosed with a contagious disease should alert the school as soon as possible. Parents will be advised on a case by case basis.

Children with an existing medical condition previously recorded by school still have to follow the same attendance criteria.

Medical consent forms can be obtained from the school office to enable staff to administer medication during school hours.

Medical Appointments

Appointments, where possible, MUST be made outside of school hours or in the holiday period. This includes routine dentist appointments. If this is unavoidable, your child should still attend school before/after the appointment where possible. Any session missed that was deemed reasonable to attend will be marked as unauthorised leave. Any sibling should attend school as normal. Emergency doctor/dentist appointments will be authorised with supporting evidence. All referred clinic/hospital appointments must be made in advance and be supported by an appointment letter in order to authorise any missed sessions. 

Medical Evidence  

Medical evidence, when requested, should be provided in one of the following ways: - text, email or letter. Parents can also present a prescription, medical paper work or an appointment card/letter at the school office upon their return. If evidence is not received during the week of the missed session/s or is deemed insufficient, the leave in question may be recorded as unauthorised.

Extended Leave - this is not a parental right.

Parents occasionally request the Head Teacher to authorise absences for family holidays. In line with Local and National Government guidance and due to unacceptably high levels of pupil absence in recent school years, the Governors and Head Teacher at Our Lady of Peace have instructed that no holiday absence is authorised. School is closed for a sufficient amount of time each year for families to plan to take holidays that do not impact upon their children’s education. 

If you do take your child out of school during term time, the present Fixed Penalty Notice fee is £60 per parent, if paid within 21 days or £120 per parent if paid within 28 days of receiving the penalty notice in writing.

How to contact us

The school office is open from 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8.00am - 4.00pm on Friday.   School’s telephone number: Tel : 01628 661886

For all attendance queries, please contact the Attendance Officer, Mrs O'Sullivan, via email


Please be punctual every day