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Your child needs to attend school every day to ensure they have every opportunity to learn as much as other children. If children are absent they fall behind their friends.


The Government expectation is that attendance should be at 96% or above. If your child's attendance falls below 90% then they are classed as a persistent absentee. This will mean the the school's Family Support Worker will contact you to arrange an Attendance Action Plan to improve your child's attendance. If your child's attendance does not improve following this process then the school will make a referral to the Education Welfare Service.



If your child has 90% attendance you may think that looks ok...BUT this is equivalent of:

  • one half a day every week.
  • four whole weeks in the school year.
  • half a school year over five years.


If your child is 5 minutes late every day this may not look too bad BUT this is the equivalent in one school year of your child missing 3 whole days! I am sure you will agree that this cannot be acceptable! If your child’s attendance falls below 90% it is unlikely that any absences will be authorised. Encouraging 100% attendance continues to be a priority for the school. We are continuously looking for ideas to attain this target.


There are a number of incentives in place to encourage and celebrate attendance. The school will also take other action re: penalty notices against parents who do not send their children to school. However we always try to work with families who are having difficulties first before taking this action.


Sickness or lateness should be notified to the school by note or by phone as early as possible on your child's first day of illness. Such information is important as it ensures we can carry out our safeguarding responsibilities to the children in our care. It is essential that we know that your child is not in school and the reason for their absence.


Please telephone the school on 02380463240 (you are able to leave a message) or email to with a short message as to why your child is not in school. 


Children will only be allowed to leave school during school hours for an appointment eg. to visit the doctor or dentist if they collected from the school office by a parent/carer. It would be appreciated if the school could be notified beforehand of such an appointment.  The school should have sight of an appointment letter, which can be emailed to the school prior to the appointment. Parents/carers should make every effort to organise appointments outside of school hours.


We have our own full time family support worker who visits and works closely with families who may have attendance, social or welfare issues to support improved attendance at school.

Attendance leaflet Autumn Term 2020

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Harefield Primary School is proud to be
a part of the Edwin Jones Partnership

Edwin Jones Partnership

Hamwic Education Trust
Hamwic Teaching Schools Alliance