Primary School

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Absence Procedure


School Attendance at Stanbridge Primary School...


Parents and Carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age attend school every day. It is also vital that they encourage their child's regular and punctual attendance at school. It is important that everyone works together to help children obtain the best possible start in life with a good education.


The Local Authority is responsible for making sure that parents/carers fulfil their responsibilities. Parents/Carers should work in partnership with the school, notifying the school of the reason for any of their child’s absences and highlighting any areas of concern they may have so they can be addressed promptly.


  • Attending school every day = 100% attendance.
  • Attending 4 ½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year
  • Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year or 2 full years missed over the course of their school career.
  • Attending 3½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.
  • An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.


Being late for school reduces learning time.

If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year.

If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss is 2 weeks of learning each year.


The school target for attendance is 97%.


Make every minute count!