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Attendance and absence

Children arriving at the main gates at the beginning of the day.All parents have a legal responsibility to make sure that their child attends school every day.  If your child is going to be absent from school please contact us on the first day of their absence. This is important, as we will contact parents if a child is not at school and no reason has been given.

Regular attendance and punctuality is fundamental to enable children to achieve the highest levels of attainment. We ensure that all children are aware of the importance of attendance and punctuality.

When your child is ill

If your child is too ill to come to school, or has a medical appointment, please contact us as soon as possible. To help you, the NHS has compiled a list of guidelines about how long children should be kept off school when they have common illnesses.

The attendance target set by the Rathfern Governing Body for 2014-15 is 96%. We expect all pupils to achieve this target.


Learning begins promptly with instructions and explanations and it is vital that children do not miss this part of the day. We monitor lateness and send letters to parents whose children regularly arrive at school late.

Authorised absence

Family holidays should always be taken during school holidays, and we will only authorise absence in very special circumstances. On these occasions permission must be sought in advance from the head teacher. Absence request forms are available from the school office, or a letter should be written to the head teacher.

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