Pocklington C.E. Infant School

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 Encouraging good attendance is a high priority at our school.

Pupil Absences

You can notify us if your child is absent from school by completing the online form or by phoning the school on the first day of absence. We ask that you do this before 10 am each day of absence. A note explaining the absence should be given to the teacher/office upon their return.  For pupils who need regular medical appointments the school has a medical absence card that health care providers can sign.  This leaflet gives more information about school absences due to ill health.   There will be an 'unauthorised absence' record in the register if the absence is not explained.  Letters are sent out each 1/2 term to parents if pupils absences are causing concern.  In extreme cases the education welfare officer will be notified.

Holidays during term time

We have adopted the East Riding Term Time Holiday Policy.  

Information from East Riding with regard to attendance

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly.  If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).  An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.  Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.  Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.  If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.


 Pupils cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend school. We want every child to achieve their full potential and we know that parents share this goal. There is a clear link between good attendance and educational achievement. If your child is not in school, on time, as often as possible they will be missing out on many important parts of their education.

 Why is regular attendance at school important?

 Regular school attendance will mean that your child has a better chance in life. Your child will achieve better when they go to school all day, every school day as:

  • they learn better
  • they make friends
  • they are happier
  • they have a brighter future.

The Government regard 95% as the minimum satisfactory attendance for a school pupil.

Days off school add up to lost learning. Please don’t let your children miss out on the education they deserve.

 How does your child compare?

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons

80% attendance is equivalent to missing eight weeks of school. 80% equates to 56 weeks of primary school missed, which is a year and a half of education.

Poor attendance can have educational consequences.

During the first 10 minutes of our phonics lessons (which start at 9:05am) the focus is on learning a new sound.  Pupils learn a new sound every day. So arriving after 9:05am can impact pupils early reading skills. As pupils get older their attendance has been shown to be correlated to academic achievement at GCSE.


% of pupils with 5 or more A* to C grades



90 to 94.9%


80 to 89.9%


Less than 80%







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