Attendance and Punctuality

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Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School is committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all its pupils and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all.

We believe that attending school regularly and on time will help children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

High attainment depends on good attendance.

The whole school community – pupils, parents and carers, teaching, support staff and school governors – have a responsibility for ensuring good school attendance, and have important roles to play.

A copy of our policy on attendance is available here

A holiday request form can be downloaded from here


Term-time holiday
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow Head teachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in "special circumstances. Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Attendance at school is very important and you can see from the table below how much valuable learning time is lost when children have time off school.


When a child’s attendance is at: They will lose this much learning in a year: And this much learning over the whole Primary phase:
95% 2 weeks lost Over one term
90% 4 weeks lost Over two terms
85% 6 weeks lost (a half term) Over one year
80% 8 weeks lost More than one year and a term
75% 10 weeks lost Almost two years