Dear Parents/Carers

The national average attendance rate for pupils in England is around 96%.  As you can see from the graphic below, your child can only have 7 days absence per year if they are to achieve the average attendance rate. If a child’s absence rate is 90% or lower, then they are classed as ‘persistently absent’ by the government.

Occasionally, a child may have a high level of genuine illness and fall into the persistently absent category.  However, in most cases it is the result of a holiday taken during term-time.

In order to provide the very best education for your child, they need to attend regularly.  I am very pleased to report that our overall attendance rate improved significantly last year.  However, there is still an above average proportion of children who are persistently absent (90% attendance or less) due to holidays take during term-time.