St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Absences & Attendance


Absence & Attendance

Children get the most out of school – and the opportunities it offers – through uninterrupted attendance and being on time each morning. We work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children.



There is wide agreement among health professionals and educational professionals that school attendance is vital to the life chances of children and young people. Being in school improves health, wellbeing and socialisation throughout the life course. The greatest benefits come from children and young people attending school regularly.


It is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild illnesses. This would include general cold symptoms: a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. However, children should not be sent to school if they have a temperature of 38°C or above. We would encourage our parents and carers to read the following: NHS ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ guidance.




We monitor closely all absences from school and ask our parents/carers to, when possible, to make medical and other appointments outside school hours. But when a child is absent from school due to sickness, we expect that the school is informed before 9.30am via the school office. This allows us to be sure that we know where all the children are and do not need to spend time chasing parents/carers.


The Headteacher has the discretion to grant absence from school in very exceptional circumstances but please note, family holidays in term time are not authorised. Please complete a form which can be obtained from the school office if required. 


Your child’s attendance at school is an important factor on what they may be able to achieve as they progress through their education. The table below shows just how much impact time off can have, the lower the attendance, the harder it is to catch up with peers.


96%-100% attendance

Your child has the best chance of success! 

90-95% attendance  

Your child has missed at least 2 weeks of learning 
85%-89% attendanceYour child has missed at least 4 weeks of learning 
80%-84% attendance

Your child has missed at least 5 ½ weeks of learning 

Below 80% attendance

Your child has missed at least 7 weeks of learning




Getting to school on time is important: it means that the teacher is able to begin the day’s learning without interruption and the children are settled. If a child is late for school, we ask that he or she goes to the school office to sign the late arrivals book.


Five minutes late each day adds up to 3 days missed from school over a year. 15 minutes late adds up to missing 10 days (two school weeks) over a year! Please help your child to be punctual as this will help them in later life.


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