Attendance and Punctuality


Attendance at Lutley is highly important and we celebrate good attendance weekly for classes, termly for 100% and whole year 100% attendance where children can recieve a 100% badge.

Good attendance at school is imprtant because the Department for Education have recognised that;

There is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement:

  • Of pupils who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve five A* to Cs, including English and maths
  • Of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths
  • Of pupils who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve 5 A* to Cs, including English and maths

When your child can miss school

You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • they’re too ill to go in
  • you’ve got advance permission from the school

There’s extra support available if your child can’t go to school for long periods because of a health problem via support from Cherry Tree Learning Centre.

Holidays in term time

Lutley Primary School does not authorise any holiday in term time for either pupils or staff. You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission.

Having trouble getting your child to school?

If you’re having trouble getting your child to go to school, the school and local council can help.

The school will discuss attendance problems with you and should agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.

A lot of local councils have teams that help parents improve their child’s attendance at school. The council will tell you if they’re able to help. Forms of help could include:

  • support to reduce the burden on children where families are in difficulty (eg if a child is spending a lot of time caring for someone)
  • working with families and schools to overcome a variety of serious problems
  • a parenting contract - This is a voluntary written agreement between you and either the local council or the school’s governing body. Between you, you agree to find ways to improve your child’s attendance. If you refuse to make a contract or you don’t stick to it, it can be used as evidence if the local council decides to prosecute you.