Regular attendance helps children to get into good learning habits and to grow into trustworthy, resilient young adults. Attending school regularly and punctually is also essential if young people are to make the most of the opportunities available to them and develop personal qualities expected in the workplace. Therefore, all children are required by law to punctually attend school 190 days per year, unless there is an agreed, authorised reason why they cannot. 

Impact of days learning missed 

Percent attendance  Days learning missed  Weeks learning missed  Lessons missed 
97.5%  5 days  1   25 
95%  10 days  50 
90%  20 days  100 

When a child needs to be absent due to illness, families should: 

  • Report absence via MyEd 
  • Ring the school and leave a voicemail (0115 9729421) 
  • Email
  • There is no “48-hour rule” for sickness as in some schools, students should return to school as soon as they feel better.

When absent for a medical appointment is known about in advance, families should: 

 How can families help? 

  • Set good evening & morning routines 
  • Encourage attendance every school day 
  • Contact your child’s Progress Manager if you require support 
  • Ensure appointments and holidays are taken out of school time.  
  • Remind students that every day missed can have an impact on their learning and their future. 


Term dates and school holidays are published by the school. Please see the school calendar for all dates. The Headteacher cannot grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a family feels that there are indeed exceptional circumstances relating to a term-time holiday request, they should write to Mrs Scott (Assistant Headteacher), with full details 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. 

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