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.