Attendance & Punctuality

Good qualifications, understanding responsibility, making friends and the chance to grow as an individual are all important ingredients in a child’s educational experience. For this to happen children need to attend school regularly.

The Grove Academy operates a first day calling system. This means we ask you to phone the school on the first day your child is absent. If we have not heard from you by the start of the school day, we will contact you to check the reason for your child’s absence via Schoolcomms.

We have an answer machine in operation 24 hours a day, so it is easy for you to notify us of a child’s absence please telephone 01923 674463, choosing option 4 and leave your child’s name, year group, class and reason for absence before 9:30 a.m.

1 day off per school year = 99.5% attendance

10 days off per school year = 94.7%

20 days off per school year = 90% attendance

90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses on average:

  • a whole year off of school by the time they complete their education.
  • one half day every week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school career.

Children with poor attendance may fall behind with school work and will attract the attention of the Attendance Improvement Officer. Pupils with 90% or below attendance will be brought to the attention of the Attendance Improvement Officer and put on the monitoring list to ensure attendance is improving. Once on the monitoring list, any absence will require an appointment card or a letter maybe requested from the child’s doctors confirming their illness, before an authorised mark is granted. In extreme cases parents can face legal action and substantial fines for failing to ensure that their child(ren) attends school.

Please note if your child gets an unauthorised late mark this will affect their overall attendance. All children should be in class by 8.40. Lateness is detrimental to your child’s learning as they miss the vital part of the lesson.

Attendance is your legal responsibility.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Helping Your Child to Get the Best From School

  • Be aware of the impact of regular absences – missing school is missing out
  • Don’t let your child stay off for reasons like going shopping, birthdays, etc.
  • Avoid taking family holidays in term time – 2 weeks holiday in term time, with no other absences means your child can only ever achieve 95% attendance and misses approximately 2 terms in their education
  • Make non-urgent medical and dental appointments out of school time
  • Be involved with your child’s education and school
  • Build up good habits of punctuality and attendance – 5 minutes late everyday means missing approximately 3 days of school every year
  • If your child recovers from illness before the end of a week, send them back to school even if it’s only for one day – every day counts.

Holidays & Un-authorised Absences

If your child is absent for any reason and recorded as unauthorised then you may be liable for a fixed penalty notice.

Due to Government legislations we are no longer permitted to authorise any holiday regardless of the circumstances.

It is the Principal who decides if an absence will be authorised or unauthorised.  The explanation for absence must be provided by letter or email to enable the Principal to make this decision.

If a pupil has at least 15 sessions (half day = 1 session) unauthorised absence in the previous and/or current term, including holidays where permission has been denied, the Principal can apply for a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issued by the Local Authority. A fine of £60 is issued if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days. Fines will be issued to each parent/carer for each child. Parents can discharge potential liability for conviction by paying the penalty. Failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution for the offence.

Should the fine not be paid in full within 28 days, the Local Authority must consider prosecution.

We are committed to working with families on any attendance related queries and concerns. If you would like to discuss any Covid related attendance worries and concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us on 01923 674463 or