Regular attendance is important if your child is to achieve success in school and we are working hard to reduce levels of pupil absence.

Please read our Attendance Matters! leaflet to find out more.

We also publish our attendance figures termly, and annually, in a separate notice in our Weekly News so that you are able to see how we are doing.

If any of our pupils are persistently late or absent we may contact the Education Welfare Office at West Sussex County Council who have the authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) if:

  • your child accrues 10 or more unauthorised absences in a 10-week period
  • you take your child on an unauthorised holiday during the school term and accrue 10 or more absences

The FPN is an alternative to prosecution and gives you an opportunity to discharge your criminal liability by paying a fine of £120, which must be paid within 28 days. If you pay within 21 days they will reduce the fine to £60.

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that any student whose attendance falls below 90% from September 2015 will be classed as a Persistently Absent student. Therefore, if a student misses 19 or more days over an academic year they will be classed as Persistently Absent.

The DfE say…

“If over 5 academic years a pupil has attendance of 90% the child will miss a half of a school year, that’s lost education.
Pupils taking unauthorised leave of absence early in the year could be categorised as persistently absent well into half term five but have perfect attendance from their return date onwards.
As parents play an essential role in supporting attendance the changes to persistent absence need to be shared with them this summer term.”

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