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Attendance at Henry Whipple September 2017


Remember our attendance vision-


5 to 9 in the line


96% minimum



Our 'minimum' expectation for attendance is 96%. This is reflective of our Believe, Belong, Achieve ethos and the highest expectations we have for all, in terms of learning, teaching, attendance and behaviour.

Attendance Officer - Mr Meredith

Attendance Officer - Mr Meredith 1
Our attendance policy is available to view on our policies page:


Leave of absence in school term time (Advice from Nottingham City Council)


Nottingham City Council changed the procedure regarding leave of absence penalty notices after the Isle of Wight High Court case. However following the Supreme Court Judgment on the 6th April 2017, this letter is to inform you that we in partnership with the Local Authority will be reinstating them from September 2017.

It is a rule of this school that a leave of absence shall not be granted in term time unless there are exceptional reasons, irrespective of the child’s overall attendance. Only the Head Teacher or his/her designate (not the Local Authority) may authorise such a request and all applications for a leave of absence must be made in writing/on a form provided by the school.


Where a parent takes a leave of absence to which the application was refused or takes a leave of absence where no application was made, School will request a penalty notice to be issued by the Local Authority. The penalty notice will be issued to each parent of the individual child.

We are advising all parents/carers to consult our school website and attendance policy which clearly explains the process of leave of absence in school term time.

Frequently asked Questions about attendance

(taken from


Q. Why attend every day?

A. Research shows that 17 school days missed can lead to one grade lost. Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause like illness. Reasons for missing school such as shopping and birthdays are not acceptable. Don't let your child get left behind.

Q. What are the social consequences?

A. Children who miss a lot of school may feel left out at school.  They will not have the same shared experiences as their classmates and may find it difficult to follow what is going on in the classroom. Missing school trips, special events and break time may affect their ability to make friends at school. Being in school gives students more time to interact with teachers and classmates.

Q. What should I do if my child is off school?

A. Telephone your child's school as early as possible on the first morning of their absence to give the reason. Any absence should be authorised by your child's school.Any routine dentist and doctor appointments should be made after school or during holidays. You may be asked for a medical certificate or appointment card if your child is regularly absent due to illness or dental/medical appointments.


Q. What if I want to go on holiday?

A. Holidays in term time are not normally authorised. In exceptional circumstances head teachers may give permission, please contact your child's school and check their policy.

Q. Can I be prosecuted if my child's attendance is poor?

A. The local authority has a number of legal powers it can use. These include school attendance orders, education supervision orders and penalty notices. Authorised local authority staff, police officers and headteachers can issue penalty notices. The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days. If you fail to pay a penalty fine, you will be prosecuted. You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or in extreme cases a jail sentence of up to three months.

Attendance Assembly January 2017


Congratulations to Keira-Leigh Wilkinson in Year 3 who won the £20 voucher for a meal at Frankie and Bennys for 100% attendance.

Congratulations to Katty Gagigo in Year 1 has won the £10 Sainsbury's voucher for 96% and above attendance.


As you will be aware attendance alongside parental support is a crucial factor in enabling your child to make the best possible progress so that they can attain national expectations and beyond.


Your child will today receive a special certificate of congratulations. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a whole school attendance reward shortly as long as they have met the punctuality expectation too.


Let’s keep up this great work

Congratulations, well done and thank you for supporting your child’s attendance!


Attendance Assembly 12.01.18

Congratulations to all the children who achieved 96% and above attendance who have each received a certificate to support their good attendance.

Congratulations to Samual (Year 5), Okello (Year 3) & Priscilla (year 3) who have won a Cineworld cinema voucher in our 100% attendance raffle.

Lord Mayor’s Attendance Awards  - Thursday 14 July 2016 - Congratulations to Alicia Falade in Year 3 & Nelson Ayemwenre in F2

This is the third annual awards will take place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Bilborough on Thursday 14 July.