Image result for Pictures of going to schoolSchool Attendance Matters

At Bleak Hill, our attendance is generally very good; however, we want to update you with our latest procedures for Attendance and Punctuality.

Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child to fulfil their potential.

If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend their school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.

Miss School – Miss Out!

Leave of Absence

All requests to take your child out of school should be made in advance on the leave of absence form, available in the school foyer and on our website.

    We are not permitted to authorise absence due to holidays.

    The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which came into force on 1st September   2013 made clear that Head Teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist. The Governors support this legislation and have indicated that they consider there to be very few circumstances which are truly exceptional.


Family Holidays

You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Whilst we understand that holidays can often be cheaper during term time, any child who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning, which will possibly lead to them falling behind with their school work. In each academic year, there are only a maximum of 190 statutory school days – this allows time for holidays to be arranged outside term time.



Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning. Attendance percentages can be misleading. For your information, outlined below is the Local Authority’s position and expectations in relation to a child’s overall level of attendance at school.


100% Attendance

0 Days missed



95% Attendance

9 Days of Absence

1 Week and 4 Days of learning missed


92% - 94% Engage with the school to introduce strategies to improve your child’s attendance to prevent further absences.

90% Attendance

19 Days of Absence

3 Weeks and 4 Days of learning missed


Once a child’s attendance is below 90%, they are classed as a Persistent Absentee

85% Attendance

28 Days of Absence

5 Weeks and 3 Days of learning missed

Very Poor

At risk of a Penalty Notice

Below 80% Attendance

38 Days of Absence

7 Weeks and 3 Days of learning missed


Increased risk of a Penalty Notice


  • For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.

If your child is ill, please inform school before 9.30am. It is important to communicate with the school to keep us informed of your child’s health.

Image result for Pictures of going to schoolOur Procedures

If we do not receive a message about your child’s absence we will text you. Please respond to this message, if we do not receive a response we send home a letter to be completed explaining the reason for absence. Please note that if we do not have a reason for absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised.


Please ensure your child is punctual – The doors open at 8.50am, the bell for the start of the school day rings at 8.55am. We close all of the classroom doors at 9.00am. Please ensure that your child enters school before 9.00am. If they arrive after 9.00am, they must be signed in at the main office and will receive a ‘Late’ mark. If they arrive after the register closes at 9.30am they receive an ‘Unauthorised Absence’ mark.


For those children who walk to school by themselves and arrive late, we will contact parents via text to inform you that your child has arrived late. This is an important part of our safeguarding procedure.


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Appointments in school time

We recognise that hospital appointment times cannot always be changed, but please refrain from making medical appointments during the school day wherever possible. If you wish to collect your child before 3.20pm for an appointment, please provide an appointment card/ letter.



We are here to support you with your child’s education and wellbeing. We all want the best possible school experience for the children at Bleak Hill.

We want to ensure our pupils make lasting friendships, achieve in examinations and make a positive contribution to our society.

Please note that we realise that there are exceptional circumstances where a child may have poor attendance or a prolonged absence from school and we aim to support you as a family to overcome these issues.

Mr Cotterill is the contact for attendance issues; please speak with him if you have any concerns or worries about your child’s attendance.

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