Attendance Policy and Guidance

We expect all children on roll at Northlands to attend school every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.


We expect our children’s’ attendance to be at least 96%.


We do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. We will also make the best provision we can for those children who, due to ill health, are prevented from coming to school.


Under the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995, the Governing Body are responsible for making sure the school keeps an attendance register that records which pupils are present at the start of both the morning and the afternoon sessions of the school day. This register will also indicate whether the absence was authorised or unauthorised.


Parents whose children are of compulsory school age and registered at school are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. If they fail to do this they are guilty of an offence and may be given a penalty notice or prosecuted under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.




The amendments to regulations make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Section 2(a) “leave of absence shall not be granted unless – an application has been made in advance to the proprietor (Headteacher) by a parent with whom the pupil normally resides; and the proprietor (Headteacher) considers the leave of absence should be granted due to the exceptional circumstances relating to that application.”


Leave for holidays during term time will not be granted.



There may be an occasion that constitutes exceptional circumstances; an application can be made to the Headteacher for the consideration of an absence.


If you would like to request a Leave of Absence (LOA) please:

  1. Visit the School Office for a Leave Request Pack.
  2. Return the completed request forms with an accompanying letter addressed to the Headteacher explaining the full circumstances and reasons for your absence request. Please ensure you return the completed forms with as much notice as possible.
  3. The Headteacher will respond within 5 working days, and may request a meeting with you to discuss the leave request further before making a decision. You will then be informed in writing as to whether the leave request has been authorised or unauthorised.
  4. Please ensure you keep copies of the leave paperwork to provide you with evidence of the absence authorisation.
  5. For further information and guidance about Leave of Absence, please see our attached newsletter and policy extract from ACE (Attendance and Compliance Enforcement Agency, Warwickshire County Council.

Termly Newsletter extract 1

Newsletter to be published at start of academic year - Primary

Extra Guidance: Absence Due to Sickness

If your child is absent from school due to illness, please inform the school office before 9.30am on the first morning of the absence and the reason why.

Occasionally pupils are too unwell to attend school, schools will monitor and engage with parents as soon as a pattern of absence becomes apparent.


Common Conditions

Most illnesses can be classified as one of a few minor health conditions.  Whether or not you send your child to school will depend on how severe you judge the illness to be.  This guidance can help you to make that judgement.  If you are concerned about your child's health, consult a health professional.


Cough and cold

A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school.  If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after the child is feeling better.  If your child has a more severe and long lasting cough, consult your GP, who can provide guidance on whether your child should stay off school.


Raised Temperature

If your child has a raised temperature, they should not attend school.  They can return to school 24 hours after they are feeling better.



A child with a minor headache does not usually need to be kept of school.  If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as a raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep your child off school and consult your GP.


Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Children with these conditions should be kept off school.  They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear.  Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.


Sore Throat

A sore throat alone does not have to keep a child from school.  If it is accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.