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Attendance Matters!

18 September 2023 (by admin)

A reminder of the importance of children being in school every day unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence.

Thank you for your support for attendance at school during the first full week of this term.

There was high attendance in all year groups across the school but particularly in 5W who achieved 100% for the whole week - a brilliant achievement.

Attending school everyday where possible is essential for pupils to get the most out of their school experience, including their attainment, wellbeing, and wider life chances.

Every day that a child misses at school can effect their education. 

It is vital that all pupils attend school and on time every day unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence.

Parents / carers are reminded that holidays must not be taken in term time and that that the school cannot grant leave of absence for family holidays.

Taking holidays during the school term will be recorded as unauthorised absence and the school will refer all such cases onto the local authority (Staffordshire County Council) who may administer a penalty fine.

Any planned absence from school can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The school recognises the difficult circumstances many families are in regarding the cost of holidays in peak periods but the government guidance is clear - these holidays cannot be authorised and penalty fines may be issued.

Please also note that non urgent medical appointments such as dental checks or opticians appointments must be arranged outside the hours of the school day or in school holidays.

Any request for absence must be submitted by completion of a Request for Leave of Absence during Term Time form. these are available via our school office or on the Attendance page of our school web site -

If your child is going to be absent due to medical reasons please inform the school office as soon as possible on our dedicated absence line - 01827 213825 - option 2 or by email to or