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Medway is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a high quality educational experience which allows them to fulfill their potential.  Attendance at school is a legal requirement and is important to a child’s social development and academic success.


Regular attendance and good punctuality at school are essential for good success.


There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. If children are not in class they are NOT LEARNING!


Research carried out by the Department of Education has shown that attendance is the most significant factor impacting on how well children achieve in school.


We do understand that in some cases there are underlying medical and health issues that can affect attendance, and in these cases we would urge you to contact our admin team or Mr Atkinson, to discuss the impact of these issues on your child’s education. Working together, we should be able to improve your child’s school experiences and level of attendance.




By law, children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. At Medway, our aim is for all children to have 100% attendance, and we view children’s attendance in the following way:





Excellent (with no unauthorised absence)

96.01% - 98%

Good (with no unauthorised absence)

90.01% - 96%

Requires Improvement

90% & Under

Persistent Absentee


The table below shows how quickly even a few days from school can negatively impact on the learning time that children miss out on:


Attendance during one school year

days absent

weeks absent

lessons missed


9 Days

2 Weeks

40 lessons


19 Days

4 Weeks

80 lessons


29 Days

6 Weeks

120 lessons


38 Days

8 Weeks

160 lessons


48 Days

10 Weeks

200 lessons


57 Days

11.5 Weeks

230 lessons


If Your Child is Sick


If your son or daughter is absent from school, please notify the office by 8.30 am on 01162544811. You should do this on the first day of absence and every day after that until your child returns to school. In addition to this, a note explaining your child’s absence should be brought in and handed to the staff in reception on their return.


Please note: High levels of absence due to illness will not be authorised unless medical evidence from a doctor is provided.


Medical Appointments


Please try to avoid making any appointments for the dentist, optician and doctor during the school day. If a school time appointment is unavoidable, please make sure your child attends school before and after the appointment.


Please note: Medical evidence should be provided and will be required for all appointments.


Family Holidays in Term Time


By law, from September 2013 we can no longer authorise holidays during term time. Parents wishing to take their child on holiday should do so during the school holidays.


Please note: If your child has an unauthorised leave of absence for any reason, you may either be issued with a Penalty Notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days), or your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates' Court.


Persistent Absence (PA) Pupils


The definition of a PA pupil is now any pupil who misses 10% or more of their education.


If your child’s attendance drops to 90% and below they become classified as a Persistent Absence (PA) pupil. This will automatically result in the Education Welfare Service becoming involved and taking action. To avoid this happening, it is absolutely essential that your child’s attendance remains as far above 96% as possible.


Medway is committed to ensuring that all our children achieve to their full potential. We work hard to monitor the attendance of each individual pupil and to provide support and guidance where necessary. Equally, as parent/carer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child’s attendance remains as far above 96% as possible. If you have any concerns about attendance or punctuality please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.




For your information, below is a record of Medway’s whole school attendance figures for the past three years.


School Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year End

2021 - 2290.2%91.2%91.3%90.9%





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