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Application For Student Leave Of Absence


Attendance Matters

Every Day Counts!

Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential at school.

Parkfield school will be working with parents, carers and education welfare service to ensure regular attendance and punctuality. This is vital if we are to continue to raise standards at the school.


The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 96% attendance.

Please can you call 01202 592530, option 1 before 08.40 am to report your child’s absence, or you can email

  • School starts at 8:40am Monday to Friday This is when the registers are taken. Therefore, students should arrive at school at least 10 minutes before this.
  • Any student arriving after the start of registration will be marked as late.
  • Any student arriving after the end of registration will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
  • If your child is unable to attend due to illness/other reason, please telephone the school on 01202 592530 by 8:30am and leave a message on the absence line. This message should state the students name, class name and absence reason. If unwell we require details of the illness.
  • If your child is absent for a medical or dental appointment, written evidence must be provided to the school in advance.
  • If you have not contacted the school and your child is absent, you will receive a text or telephone call.
  • If we do not receive a response to the text or telephone call you will be contacted by letter and a pastoral leader will make a home visit.

Examples of Authorised Absence

  • Genuine illness (medical evidence required if more than a few days).
  • Unavoidable medical appointment.
  • Religious observance.
  • Death of a close family member.

Examples of Unauthorised Absence

  • Tired
  • Parent is ill/has an appointment
  • Refusing to come to school
  • Birthdays or anniversaries
  • No clean uniform

Monitoring and Intervention

The attendance diamond identifies the risk at each level of attendance. There is a chat alongside to demonstrate what this means in terms of number of school days missed. Yellow and below is the monitoring and intervention benchmark. Any child with an attendance record of less than 90% will be identified as persistently absent and court action will be pursued.