At Oxford Gardens Primary School, we have high expectations of attendance from all pupils. We seek to ensure that all pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to achieve their best educational outcomes. Regular attendance is essential to ensure children reach their potential both academically and socially.

The Department for Education has issued new and stricter guidelines for absences to which schools must abide: “Regular attendance is crucial to raising and maintaining high attainment. If pupils do not come to school, they cannot learn what is taught in a lesson, practise what has been taught, or improve on their performance. There is a clear correlation. Pupils who attend regularly achieve more highly.” (OFSTED Framework section 4.3)


  • It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to inform the school by calling or emailing as soon as possible on the first day of a child’s illness, followed by a letter explaining the reason for absence on the child’s return. If an explanation is not received, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
  • All absences due to illness, over three days in length are required to be supported by medical evidence e.g. An appointment card/letter, copy of a prescription etc. (This can be shown/copied at the school office.)
  • For planned medical absences to be authorised a copy of the planned appointment letter must be given to school in advance for the appointment.
  • The DfE attendance advice published in November 2013 states:

“Headteachers should only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. If a Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for the Headteacher to determine the length of time that the child can be away from the school. “

There will be no authorised leave given to children for holidays or travel during term time, except in exceptional circumstances. Such leave will be marked as unauthorised and a Fixed Penalty Notice may be given.


School starts at 8:55 and the register shuts at 9:05. After this time, a child will need to go to the school office to collect a late card. This is then recorded on the register as a late. Children who are persistently late may be fined or referred to The Early Help Service.

Important Facts

  • There are 190 school days each year and 175 other days for shopping trips, birthday treats, non-urgent appointments and holidays.
  • One day a week absence is the equivalent over a school career of 2.5 whole years of education missed.
  • 10 days holiday leave a year is the equivalent of two whole terms of education missed.
  • 15 minutes of lateness a day equals one whole year of education missed.
  • Full attendance leads to the best educational outcomes – please give your child the best chance and make sure they are in school every day.

Attendance FAQs


ACE Lateness print

ACE Minor Sickness leaflet

ACE Penalty Notice leaflet

ACE School Attendance

Please click below to access copies of our Attendance Policy and our Attendance Home School Agreement.

Attendance Policy 2017-2018

Attendance Contract Template

Attendance Home School Agreement September 2017