Attendance & Punctuality

Did you know that 90% attendance means:


  • On average, half a day's schooling is missed every week or 1 day every 2 weeks?
  • In one year 4 whole weeks of schooling will be missed?
  • If your child has missed essential lessons this will affect their progress and attainment?
  • Poor attendance will have a negative impact on not only their attainment but also their ability to make friendships and feel part of the class. How many employers would allow us to have half a day off each week?
  • Habits of poor attendance and lateness in school are often repeated in working life. We want our children to learn early on the importance of punctuality and school attendance. Parental attitudes towards punctuality and attendance are bound to influence children's attitudes.


At Deddington Primary School good attendance is a priority and through good rates of attendance we will improve further the standards that our pupils achieve and give them better chances in later life. If attendance falls below 90% for any pupil, parents will be contacted to discuss how attendance can be improved so that the education for that child is not seriously disrupted.

What can parents do to help?

If you feel that your child is unhappy at school and that this is affecting their attendance, please contact us as quickly as possible so that we can work together to resolve any issues. Ensure that your child arrives at school on time with the necessary equipment for the day. If at all possible please keep medical and dental appointments outside of the school day. Only allow days off for genuine illness - you know your child!


Do not take your child on holiday during term time.

Taking your child out of school for 2 weeks (10 school days) will reduce their attendance to 94% before any account is taken for illness.

The law says that parents do not have the right to take their children out of school during term time and Deddington Primary School does not authorise any holiday during school time.  Any holiday taken during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and could result in parents being fined by the Local Authority.


Under the terms of the education related provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, parent/carer(s) may be issued with a Penalty Notice of £60 if:


  • You fail to ensure that your child attends school, or other education provision regularly
  • You allow your child to take leave of absence in term time without a school’s authorisation
  • Your fail to return your child to school on an agreed date after a leave of absence
  • Your child is found out of school, without permission, on two Truancy Sweeps, within the same school year
  • Your child persistently arrives late for school after the register is closed


Should a school not agree to grant leave and parents take their child on holiday regardless, then this will be counted as unauthorised absence (truancy). The school and our County Attendance Officer may consider issuing a Penalty Fine of £60 for this period of unauthorised absence.


More information on how Local Authority penalty notices work can be found on the following website.

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