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Attendance Matters

Buckingham Park Primary is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. For children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital they attend regularly and they should be at school every day that the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. 

Parents are responsible for:

  • ensuring that their children are punctual and know the importance of good attendance
  • informing the school on the first day of absence
  • informing the school of any changes to their contact details 
  • taking holidays and making appointments outside of term time

Good Habits

Regular attendance and good punctuality help your child become reliable and organised – two qualities valued by employers. 

All schools are responsible for keeping accurate records of attendance. We will contact you with any concerns we may  have regarding your child′s attendance. The Education Attendance Service works closely with school staff, parents, and when necessary, other agencies to help you and your child overcome any attendance problems.

The Law

All children of compulsory school age are required to receive an education. As parents/carers you are responsible for ensuring your child receives an education. You risk criminal prosecution if your child fails to attend regularly, and punctually, at the school where s/he is registered. Prosecutions may result in fines of up to £2,500 and/or the possibility of a three months imprisonment. Courts may at their discretion impose a parenting order or direct the LEA to apply for an Education Supervision Order which puts a child of compulsory school age, who is not being properly educated under Local Education Authority supervision.

Schools must remember that they can only approve absence for family holidays if they consider that there are special reasons which warrant the holiday.

Holiday prices and the fact that parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons. Absence for a family holiday can result in pupils with poor attendance becoming persistent absentees.

Weekly Attendance Figures (in percentages)

Class                               Week ending 5/10/18 Overall Attendance 18/19 Class                              Week ending 5/10/18 Overall Attendance 18/19
Rec Linnets 96.2 96.5 Y3 Tawny Owls 90 95.6
Rec Robins 92.1 96.9 Y3 Skylarks 94.8 96
Rec Finches 98.2 98 Y4 Woodpeckers 100 98.3
Y1 Bramblings 97.9 96.9 Y4 Jays 97.1 97.7
Y1 Wrens 98.7 98.6 Y4 Kittiwakes 96.7 96.6
Y1 Nightingales 95 96.7 Y5 Lapwings 99.7 97.9
Y2 Swallows 99.2 98.6 Y5 Redwings 96.9 96.8
Y2 Wagtails 95.2 97.9 Y6 Blackbirds 96.1 96.1
Y2 Nuthatches 97.3 96.4 Y6 Seagulls 98.9 96.9
Y3 Kestrels 99.3 97.6 Y6 Swifts 95.4 96.8


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