Clarborough Primary School

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Attendance Matters

We all know that good attendance is essential for pupils to do their very best in school. We appreciate the strong partnerships we have with parents and families which help to ensure that children have good and outstanding attendance at school. School leaders will not authorise absence for holidays since the change in Government guidance. Absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances, please refer to the school’s Attendance policy for more details. The school works closely within our family of Schools in Retford to agree and maintain a consistent approach to improving attendance from entering Reception to leaving Secondary Education. The Attendance Matters booklet covers this further.


  • Excellent attendance 98% above (approx 8 sessions or 4 days missed)
  • Good attendance 95% - 97% (approx 20 sessions or 10 days missed)
  • Below average attendance 91% - 94% (approx 35-40 sessions or over 17-20 days missed)
  • Cause for concern is 85% and below (approx 50-60 sessions or 25+ days missed). This may trigger a referral to The Targeted Support Service.

One week holiday’s absence = 97% attendance, plus one week’s illness = 94.7%
Two weeks’ holiday absence = 94.7%, plus one week’s illness = 92.2%

Children are expected to attend the school for the full 190 days of the academic year unless there is a good reason for absence. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure their children attend school regularly and on time. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 444-1 of the Education Act 1996. We will support the process of encouraging good attendance, but ultimately it is the parent’s or carer’s responsibility to achieve it.
Please note registration begins at 8.50am and your child should be in school on time.  If your child is late you must report to reception and offer an acceptable reason for the lateness.  The flow charts below detail our current procedures for when a pupil’s attendance causes concern and for persistent absence (<85%).