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SCHOOL ATTENDANCE    Department for Education White Paper on Improving Attendance (2022)

The government has recently released updated guidance to schools with a clear directive to improve school attendance. Whilst we understand your frustration at the impact that Covid19 may have had on your child's attendance, please remember that we are now back to our pre-Covid attendance policies and processes. Whilst you will not be penalised for your child's Covid absences, these have to be recorded as absences from school and are being classified as 'illness'. The Department for Education has made clear that Covid-related illness is the same as any other illness and allowances cannot be made for these. 
In addition, the pandemic is not a valid reason for taking holiday in term-time and, as always, these cannot be authorised. We appreciate your support in helping us to return to the high levels of attendance we maintained,  before the pandemic. 
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, punctually, properly dressed and in a fit condition to learn.  If a child is prevented for any reason from attending, or is late, parents are requested to notify the school as soon as possible either in writing, which is preferred, or by telephone call.  A pupil’s absence from school must be considered as unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is forthcoming from the parents.

The Following figures may be of interest to you when looking at your child’s attendance

98-100% = Excellent

95-97% = Good Attendance

90-94% = Below Average Attendance

Below 90% = A Cause for Concern

Below 85% = May Result In Legal Action


We strongly discourage parents from taking children out of school for holidays during term time, therefore holidays will not be authorised unless in exceptional circumstances.  

Please note: The school will not set work for children to take with them on term–time holidays.

If after appropriate action, attendance/lateness problems cannot be resolved, the school will request advice from, and the involvement of, the Education Welfare Service.  This may involve home visits.  The Head Teacher and Additional Needs Team are responsible for liaising with the Education Inclusion Partnership.  if you need support in improving your child's attendance, please contact Mrs.Hennessy@thegrangeschooldaventry.net. 

 **Please note TRAINING DAYS may vary to other schools.



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