Attendance at Abbeyfields

Aim for 100%

We expect the children to attend school regularly – every day if possible. Where we have attendance concerns, parents will be contacted and support offered. Where persistent concerns remain, an Attendance Action Plan will be drawn up and agreed. We may also seek support from our Educational Welfare Officer.

Research suggests that children who are absent from school may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results. Please make sure your child is not absent for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.

Expected attendance is 95%+

Punctuality at Abbeyfields

Doors open at 8.50am for Early Birds. They close promptly at 9am so lessons can begin.  The school day ends at 3.15pm. Our reports in Year 1-4 will highlight any concerns:

Green – excellent punctuality
Amber – some instances of being late
Red – regularly late, action to improve


Every minute counts

Lateness = Lost Learning

Did you know…


(Figures calculated over a school year)

 = Lost Learning
 5 minutes late each day  = 3 days lost
 10 minutes late each day  = 6.5 days lost
 15 minutes late each day  = 10 days lost
 20 minutes late each day  = 13 days lost
 30 minutes late each day  = 19 days lost
  • A settled start…calm and ready to learn
  • Improved life chances
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Reaching their fullest potential
  • Instilling great life skills

Every school day counts

Absence = Lost Learning

 365 days in a Year  190 School Days in Total  Absence
 100% attendance  190 days  0
 95% attendance  180 days  2 weeks
 90% attendance  171 days  4 weeks
 85% attendance  161 days  6 weeks
 80% attendance  152 days  8+ weeks
 75% attendance  143 days  9+ days

Two weeks holiday during term time is over 50 lessons missed.

Missing school is missing out

Your child’s education is very important. Regular school attendance helps pupils fulfil their potential and gives them a better chance for the future.

Every day absence from school is an opportunity missed.

Who can help if you are having difficulties getting your child to school on time every day?

Mrs Ford – Headteacher, Abbeyfields School on 01670 513582

Leave of absence during term time

Leave of Absence can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances, which does NOT include family holidays (although some flexibility will be considered for the particular circumstances of HM Forces families). Difficulties associated with parents’ or carers’ employment cannot be taken into account.

We will consider issues related to terminal illness/bereavement, and very occasional, irregular, short absences (one, or very exceptionally two days) to help accommodate special family occasions. In any event, Regulations do not allow absences to be approved after the event.

Regulations place this entirely at the discretion of the Headteacher. If the Headteacher limits, or does not authorise Leave of Absence, but the child is still taken out of school or kept away for longer than was first agreed, the absence is unauthorised.

Schools are held accountable for the levels of attendance achieved by their pupils: we have no choice but to follow the rules.

A Leave of Absence form can be obtained by clicking HERE