Attendance and Punctuality

Education lays the vital foundations for a child’s life. Research clearly demonstrates that there is a link between regular attendance and educational progress, attainment and future successes. The Education Act 1996 states that all pupils should attend school regularly and punctually. Both parents and schools have a shared responsibility to ensure that this happens. Through working in partnership with parents and carers, we aim to ensure that all children have equal opportunities to access all elements of school life.

What does good attendance look like?

Attending school every day will enable your child to:

  • Learn new skills
  • Make friends and build lasting relationships
  • Develop confidence
  • Develop good routines

We understand that illness is unavoidable and to be expected, particularly at this time, however it is very important to inform the school on each day of absence either by phone (01274 583900) or in person at the school office.

We also ask that dental and medical appointments are taken outside of school hours where possible or as close to the end of the school day. Holidays in term time are not authorised and could result in a fine. Please ensure school holidays (see holiday dates) are used for taking holidays.

How is good attendance rewarded?

  • Celebrated within the school community using class dojo and celebration assembly
  • 100% attendance certificates (half termly)
  • Letters home for improved attendance
  • Attendance trophy and treats for highest class attendance every week

What happens if your child is absent from school?

For every day of school missed by a pupil it will reduce their attendance by 0.5%.

Days Absent

Equal to Absence %

Overall Attendance % by End of Year

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5 days



10 days



20 days




Any attendance percentage under 90% is regarded as a persistent absence and will be monitored closely. You will:

  • Receive a phone call from school to discuss absence/attendance.
  • Home visit from members of the senior leadership or safeguarding team.
  • Receive a letter from school about attendance.
  • Be invited into school to attend an attendance meeting with the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.

What happens if your child’s attendance falls below 90% following the above actions?

  • Home visit by senior leadership/safeguarding team
  • Receive a penalty notice or fine
  • A referral
  • Possible prosecution

Who to contact if you are worried about attendance?

If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, struggle to get your child to school or have questions about attendance, illness and holidays please get in touch. Remember that our aim is to work together, there are no silly questions and talking through strategies often helps.

The NHS also have a fantastic website which can be used to determine whether your child/children should be absent from school. Click on the link to find out more: Is my child too ill for school? - NHS ( 

Why is punctuality important?

Prompt attendance makes a difference. Remember just 5 minutes missed every day = 25 minutes a week which is the equivalent of a whole lesson.

At Shipley CE, we have a split start finish. The school doors open at 8:50am for Y1, Y2 and Y3 and 9:00am for N, R, Y4, Y5 and Y6.

 Take a look at our attendance leaflet to find out more about attendance and how you can help your child. Further information can be found in our Attendance Policy.

Take a look at the Attendance, Persistent Absence and Warning and Penalty Notice Leaflet from Bradford LA. This gives more information about unauthorised absences and penalty notice letters.

Click on the link for further information on the recent LA briefing on fixed penalty notices.