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Elms School


A Guide for Parents & Carers

How good is your child’s attendance?

Attendance raises achievement – every lesson counts.

Why is attendance important?

Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school and sets them up with good habits from an early age through to adulthood and the working world.

Attendance Matters
Attending school every day 100% attendance
Missing ½ a day each week = 90% 4 weeks missed every year
Missing 1 day  each week =   80% More than half a term missed every year
Missing 1½ days each week = 70% More than a quarter of the school year missed

It also gives children the opportunity to:

  • make lots of friends and feel included;
  • boost social skills, confidence and self-esteem;
  • develop their skills to learn new things;
  • achieve their full potential;
  • improve their career prospects.