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Good attendance means that children usually make good, consistent progress in their school work. Woodhouses Voluntary Primary School expects good attendance from its pupils, in order for them to make the most of the opportunities that the school has to offer. We rely on our partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved. We would ask parents to help the school by notifying us of all absences on the first day, and always to ensure that any absence is covered by a note on your child's return to school. Any absence which is known in advance should be notified to the school in writing beforehand. The Governors have adopted the LA guidance for requests for all absences during term time. Holidays will not be authorised. Only a situation the Head Teacher deems to be an exceptional circumstance will be authorised.Requests should be made six weeks in advance by letter addressed to the Head Teacher.

Our children are praised for good attendance, we give termly certificates for children who have achieved 100% attendance.


If a child is absent from school for any reason, the school must be informed by telephone on the day, before 10 am, or in the case of known appointments, by letter beforehand.  On return to school a reason for absence must be notified in writing otherwise the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

If a child has to leave school during school hours to visit the doctor/dentist/clinic, the class teacher should be informed of this by letter advising who will be collecting the child from school to take them to the appointment and the time they will be collected. This person must be an adult.


Punctuality is an important part of the educational process and it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that children arrive on time. Lateness will be recorded in each class register and persistent lateness will be reported to the School Attendance Improvement Officer. In the interests of safety, children should not arrive on school premises before 8.45 am as there is no supervision before that time.  Children should be collected on time at 3.15 pm. If you are late please collect your child from the school office. Parents needing before or after school care should contact Woodhouses Out of School Hours Club for information and availability of places.


Holidays will not be authorised during term time under the new government guidance. From 1 September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday in term time. The Head teacher may not grant any holidays or other absences during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

As a general guide any activity, holiday or event that can be arranged during the annual 13 week holiday time will not be authorised.  Exceptional circumstances include serious illness or bereavement of a close family relative. The fact that a holiday is cheaper during term time does not constitute an exceptional circumstance. The Head Teacher will make the final decision.

All days taken without consent will be classed as unauthorised and a penalty notice may be issued from the 5th day/10 sessions. If a child has 5 days/10 sessions of unauthorised absence within an academic year, a warning letter will be issued and any further days taken may result in a penalty notice.