Attendance has a direct link to attainment; there is clear evidence that poor attendance has a very negative impact on children’s learning and progress at school.  If a child is not in school regularly they are not fully accessing the curriculum and learning opportunities available to them. 

Please notify the school office if your child cannot attend school. 

 Attending school every day equates to 100% attendance.

Attendance during 1 year  

Days lost  

This equates to:         

95% attendance

9 Days

nearly 2 weeks

90% attendance

19 days

nearly 4 weeks

85% attendance

29 days

nearly 6 week

80% attendance

38 days

nearly 8 weeks

75% attendance

48 days

nearly 10 weeks

70% attendance

57 days

nearly 11.5 weeks

65% attendance

67 days

nearly 13.5 weeks



Missing Days Off School


No Days Absence

Excellent!  A child can take advantage of all learning opportunities.


1 – 4 Days Absence

Very good – this will help all aspects of their progress in school.


5 Days Absence = a school week

Satisfactory attendance.  A child should reach their full potential.


8 – 14 Days Absence or more

If a child has more than 8 days absence from school they may fail to make expected progress.

Below  93%

15 Days Absence  = 3 school weeks

Unacceptable – Children may find there are gaps in their learning and it is difficult to achieve their best.

Below 90% -


Guidelines -

Classed as

Persistent Absentee

20 Days Absence = 4 school weeks

Unacceptable – Persistent Absentee.  A child will find it difficult to catch up on missed learning and will be unlikely to achieve their best. 


Below 90% attendance may lead to the

involvement of the Local Authority.

Below 82%

30 Days Absence = 5 school weeks

Children with this level of attendance are missing the equivalent of a week’s school every half term!  This is a serious concern and will be having a

negative effect on attainment and progress.


The school will ask the Local Authority to

support them to take action against parents/carers to ensure improved attendance.


It is a legal requirement for parents to ensure children attend school regularly and arrive on time.




Downloads Date  
Napier TKAT Attendance Policy 31.01.23 27th Feb 2023 Download