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At Knightwood Primary we recognise the importance of good attendance in school and how it can impact on a child’s performance overall.


​Why Attending School Matters


Missing school really does make a difference to your child’s future. Research shows that children who miss school regularly can fall behind with their work and do less well in tests. Aim for 100% school attendance as this may help improve your child’s chances of getting a better job or career in the future.


Appointments During School Hours


We ask that all appointments such as medical etc are made out of school hours. However if your child has an appointment they cannot miss or rearrange, evidence of this appointment will need to be seen by the school office. This could be an appointment card or text message.


Holidays During Term Time


The DfE guidelines makes it very clear that headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term time holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence without this agreement will be classed as unauthorised.


Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one off events. They might include family emergencies, a sudden change in circumstances or a once in a lifetime opportunity. Visits from or to family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute as exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence the headteacher will also take other factors into account such as a child’s current attendance level.


​Absence procedures


If your child is absent you must contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence; preferably before 9am. This can either be via a telephone call, sending us an email or reporting to the school office.


If your child is absent we will:


  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Record and monitor any absence.
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with us if the absence falls below 90%.
  • Refer the matter to the local authority if attendance consistently moves near to 85%.

Healthier Together is a really useful resource for parents to get advice and guidance about their child's health and well-being. It acts as a signpost to for all health and well-being information with the pathways having been developed by clinicians. 


The app’s platform has a number of accessibility functions such as when touched the text will read aloud or if parents select their country's flag the pages will be translated into their language.  You can also increase the font size. 

Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a broad umbrella term used to describe a group of children and young people who have severe difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school.  The impact of EBSA on young people and schools is far reaching. 


Information for parents can be found below. Please make contact with us if you are at all worried. We can help! 

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