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School Attendance

Aintree Davenhill is committed to providing a full and efficient education to all pupils and embraces the concept of equal opportunities for all.

We will endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and are welcome.

For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. The school’s overall attendance target for this year is 96.5% we however consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children.


The school senior leadership team continues to monitor attendance on a daily basis. We review patterns in attendance and punctuality for all children across school with a particular focus on children whose attendance was a concern last school year.


Attendance during one school year

Equals this number of days absent

Which is approximately this many weeks absent

Which means this number of lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


90% attendance or below is classed as persistent absenteeism.



Children of school age who are on roll at a school must, by law attend school regularly and punctually.

Regular attendance is important, not just because the law requires it, but also because it is the best way of ensuring children make the most of the educational opportunities available to them.



Each class across the school will display a star on their classroom door if all of the  children are in school on that day, as recognition for excellent attendance.



When a pupil is absent from school, this will be classified as either ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’. Authorised absences are only permitted for valid reasons.


You must:

· Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence to give a reason

· Contact us again if the absence continues so we know what is happening

The school will:

· Text parents via Parent mail or Class Dojo on the first day of absence if the school have not heard from you

· If school have not heard from you on the second day of absence you will receive a telephone call

Medical or dental appointments

Parents/carers are encouraged to arrange appointments out of school hours. Where this is not possible, parents are requested to inform the class teacher in advance of the appointment and show their appointment card. Pupils must be signed out by the office on leaving school and signed back in on their return.



Taking holidays in term time affects schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time.

If there is an unavoidable reason why you need to take your child away in school time, you must write an application in advance of term-time leave of absence to Miss Clay (Headteacher).

Leave of absence will only be granted where Miss Clay considers it is due to ‘exceptional circumstances’. Parents will be informed whether the request has been authorised.

If Miss Clay feels your request is not an exceptional circumstance your child’s absence will be unauthorised.



Good attendance does not just involve being present in school it also involves punctuality. From experience, we know that when a child arrives late to school this has a big impact on the start of their day. Children who are late are often distressed and embarrassed coming into class and this is not a good start to their day. Children must be in their classrooms ready for morning registration at 8:50am.  If your child arrives after the register has been taken they will receive a late mark. Any pupil arriving after this time will be marked as having an unauthorised absence, unless an explanation given is accepted as grounds for authorising the late arrival. Pupils arriving at school before 9:10am will enter through the late doors and their reason for lateness will be recorded. After 9:10am, late pupils must be brought to the school office.

Aintree Davenhill Attendance Policy follow the link below