Attendance Matters

At Rose Wood Academy we promote good attendance to enable pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities we offer. Attendance is monitored very closely and we work with families to support good attendance.


We ask parents to ensure that children arrive at school in good time for registration each day at 8.45am. Our breakfast club is open from 8.00am for all children from Reception to Year 6 for children.


What to do if your child is absent from school

Please phone on the first day of absence leaving your child’s name, class and reason for absence. This needs to be repeated every day that your child is absent from school. These messages may be left on the school’s answer phone, or delivered in person.


If we have not heard from a parent by 9:30am as to why their child is absent from school, we will ring all of the contact numbers registered for that child until contact is made.


Unauthorised absences are taken very seriously and in the unlikely event that no contact can be made to establish a child’s whereabouts, we may need to local authority or police will be contacted to ensure the safety of the child.


Authorised absences still count toward your child’s overall attendance and even if all your child’s absences are authorised your child can still be classed as a persistent absentee.


Medical Appointments


It is important that all medical/dental appointments are made for outside school hours.  Sessions missed due to appointments will affect your child’s attendance percentage.

Please advise the office beforehand if children have to attend a medical appointment during school hours. Please sign them in and out of school at the main office and provide evidence of the appointment e.g. text reminder of the appointment.



Attendance Matters!


Excellent attendance! Your child is able to access all of their learning, form friendships and get into good attendance habits. Children with excellent attendance are usually more settled in school and are able to enjoy all areas of school life. Children who have the best attendance are more likely to gain better qualifications and potentially earn more in the future.



95% and above


Very good attendance! Nationally, all schools and children are expected to achieve 96% attendance. Children are able to access most of their learning and are still likely to achieve good qualifications when they are older.



90% – 95%

Unsatisfactory attendance. Your child will be unable to access all of the teaching in school, which will have an impact on their learning and their readiness to learn. School will make contact with parent/carers to establish the reason your child’s attendance is declining and offer support to ensure that your child’s attendance increases.


90% and less


Research shows that missing 10% of school can result in children achieving significantly poorer results than their high attending peers. Any child with 90% and below is called a PERSISTENT ABSENTEE. At this stage school will discuss your child’s attendance with you and support you to improve your child’s attendance. If attendance does not improve, the local authority will instigate attendance procedures which may result in a fine.




90% Attendance – This means that your child misses approximately 4 weeks of school a year. By the time they leave school they would have missed nearly A WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOL.


80% Attendance – This means that you child misses approximately half a term each year. By the time they leave school they would have missed MORE THAN TWO WHOLE YEARS OF SCHOOL.

Children are only expected to attend school for 190 days out of a whole year.


Attendance during 1 School Year

Equals approx days absence

Which is approx weeks absence

Which is approx lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

40 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

80 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

120 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

160 lessons


48 days

10 weeks

200 lessons


57 days

11.5 weeks

230 lessons


67 days

13.5 weeks

270 lessons



Please take your family holidays in school holidays only.


The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended) sets out the law in respect of leave of absence for a pupil during term time. Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Head Teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. An application for leave of absence should be made to the Head Teacher, by a parent with whom the pupil normally resides, giving at least one month’s notice.


Punctuality is also extremely important to your child’s learning.


Minutes late per day during the school year

Approx number of days teaching lost in a year

5 mins

3 days

10 mins

6 days

15 mins

9 days

20 mins

12 days

30 mins

18 days




Please ensure your child is in school on time and ready to learn every day!


If your child misses the introduction to their lessons they will not know what they have to do.


If you require any support from school to improve your child’s attendance please contact Miss Jackson, Parent Support Advisor, or Miss Carney, Designated Safeguarding Lead. We are here to offer support.