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Daily attendance is essential if children are to reach their full potential. Our target as a school is that each child will have an attendance of 96% or more.



Arriving late regularly is unsettling for your child and the rest of their class.

8.55am The school day starts.  The gates and doors open from 8.40am - 8.55am.

8.55am Any children arriving after this time will receive a late mark (after registers closed) on their attendance record, which is an unauthorised absence. 

Parents should ensure their child arrives at 8.45am each day.


Medical Appointments

Where possible, medical appointments should be arranged for the end of the day, not the start of the day.


How to let us know if your child is ill

Please ensure that you call school, 01664 562 554 or message Mrs Reek and Mrs Partington on Class Dojo before 9.00am in the morning if your child is not going to be at school because of illness, explaining the reason.

By law, children are required to attend school for 190 days each year.


At The Grove, our aim is for all children to have 100% attendance, and we view children’s attendance in the following way:


100% is outstanding

99.99 - 98% is excellent (with no unauthorised absence)

97.99 - 96% is good (with no unauthorised absence)

95.99 - 90% requires improvement

Under 90% is a persistent absentee, and is a real concern.


In accordance with our School Attendance Policy, persistent absenteeism means missing 10% or more of schooling across the year for any reason.


In such circumstances, a formal meeting will be arranged between the Head Teacher and parents/carers to discuss and put in place an attendance improvement plan to support and improve attendance.  This may result in Fixed Penalty Notices or other sanctions if poor attendance continues.


If your child dips below 95% school may contact you to discuss your child's absence and how we can support you.

Term-Time Holidays.


We are unable to authorise holidays during term time, and only in exceptional circumstances will a leave of absence be granted at the discretion of the Head Teacher.


If parents/carers take their child out of school during term time without prior authorisation, sanctions such as Fixed Penalty Notices may be imposed.