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Your child's right and entitlement to education

It is very important that your child attends school every day. Poor attendance leads to disrupted learning and will stop your child making the progress they should. The minimum for expected attendance for a primary school child is 95%, however most children can and should have higher attendance than this.


If your child is unwell please phone the school by 9.30am at the latest. When your child returns to school, please ensure that you send a note to the class teacher to confirm the absence with the reason for it.

Unauthorised absences occur when the school is not informed of an absence or the reason for the absence is not acceptable. Children who arrive late are given a late mark in the register.  The registers close ten minutes after the start of the school day; arrival after the registers have closed counts as a half day absence and is not authorised.

Periods of prolonged absence without acceptable explanation will prompt a home visit from our familiy liaison manager and will be reported to the Attendance Team at County. Continued poor attendance may result in court action.  The school has a specific process for dealing with habitual poor attendance which includes:

  • Letters to parents

  • Requests for medical evidence 

  • Parent Contract Meetings

  • Home visits on the first day of absence

  • Referral to the Attendance Team which can result in fines / prosecution

The staff and Governors at King’s Wood School work to ensure that each child is able to reach their educational and social potential.  Parents can best support their child by ensuring that they attend regularly and are well prepared for the school day.

Even short absences can have a detrimental effect on your child’s learning. 

Request for leave of absence or holidays during term time will not be granted, and any such absence will be unauthorised.  However, should you still decide to take leave of absence for your child, please download and complete the form below.

Please click here for the leave of absence request form

Our attendance policy can be found on our policies page; please click here.

Our letter templates for attendance concerns can be found here and here.

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