Attendance at TPA

Attendance at Tangmere Primary Academy


Parent’s Legal Responsibility

Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for encouraging and making sure that your child attends school regularly and on time. It is important to remember the negative impact of low attendance on your child’s learning, friendships, self-esteem and self-confidence. The school will monitor your child’s attendance and if it shows that your child has an attendance level which is frequently below 96% and there is no sign of improvement, you are at risk of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution by the Local Authority.

As you know, attendance and attainment are very closely linked.  At Tangmere Primary Academy, we are very grateful for all the support we receive from parents and carers who ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time. This allows teachers the best possible opportunity to support our pupils to reach their full potential.


Every Day Counts!

The Ofsted expected minimum attendance rate for primary school children is 96%. If pupils have more than 7days absence from school during the academic year they will not be able to achieve this. We have a strong expectation at Tangmere Primary Academy that our pupils aim for 100% attendance so that they have access to all the learning opportunities on offer and due to this many of our pupils have excellent attendance and punctuality.


Attendance during one school year

Equates to days absent

Which is approximately

Which means the number of lessons missed


10 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


48 days

10 weeks

250 lessons


57 days

11.5 weeks

290 lessons


67 days

13.5 weeks

340 lessons


For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.


Therefore, give your child the best start in life – every school day counts.


Attendance and Punctuality Rewards at TPA

Horse Race Derby - At the beginning of the year, each class selects a class horse to race in the Friday celebration assembly Attendance Race.  At the end of each week, each class’s attendance is collated and used to ‘race’ their horse in the ‘Horse Race Derby’. The class with the highest attendance will win the race and have the opportunity to choose from a variety of prizes.

Attendance COMPETITION - All those children which have 96+% attendance at the end of the school year, will win a raffle ticket for our Attendance Competition.  Keep a look out for this year’s competition prize!


Your Child’s Attendance

To help you keep on top of your child’s attendance we will try to keep you informed of your child’s attendance levels throughout the year. We will do this through a number of initiatives including:-

  • Texting you to inform you that your child’s attendance has fallen below 96%
  • Publishing class attendance data on the School weekly news letter
  • Informing you of your child’s attendance at each parent’s evening
  • The Traffic Light system.


The Traffic Light System -  The traffic light system is a way of the school monitoring whole school attendance as well as informing families of their attendance figure.   At the end of each term we will be sending out attendance letters on coloured paper to celebrate good attendance levels and to highlight any areas of concern. The minimum attendance level expected by us in school is 96%.

These letters will be issued each term and detail your child's current attendance. Letters are colour coded to match our attendance traffic lights.

GOLD CERTIFICATE = 100% Attendance, Fantastic!!!

Green Letter = 96% attendance and above. Best chances of success, Good.

Amber Letter = 90% to 95% attendance. NEED FOR SOME IMPROVEMENT. Attendance will be monitored.

Red Letter = 85% and below. Poor with serious concern. DANGER ZONE PERSISTENT ABSENTEE.  School will contact you regarding ways to support you to improve your child’s attendance figures.

Although these letters will be issued termly, we will be closely monitoring every child’s attendance on a weekly basis. If your child’s attendance has dipped we may invite you for a meeting.


Illness/ Medical Appointments

If your child is too unwell to attend school, ring the school office as soon as possible to let us know. Let the school know in advance if there is a planned absence such as a medical appointment and provide evidence such as an appointment

card. Where possible make medical / dental appointments outside of school hours or in the holidays.

Parents are asked to complete an Absence Notification form when your child is off school. 


Family Holidays during Term Time

 You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education taking holidays within the school holidays rather than during term time.  When a child is absent from school due to a holiday they will miss out on important learning and can fall behind with their school work. 

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 were changed in September 2013 to state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time, except in very exceptional circumstances. Therefore, any holidays that are taken without this agreement will be recorded as unauthorised.



  • Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
  • Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
  • Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
  • Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
  • Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
  • Take family holidays outside term time.
  • Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homeworks).
  • Attend parent evenings and school events.
  • Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
  • Always support school staff in their efforts to control difficult or challenging behaviour.
  • Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.