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Our Aims

Waberthwaite CE School aims to meet its obligations, in regards to school attendance, by:

  • Promoting good attendance from all pupils with attendance records being consistently over 95.5% per year, and reducing absences, including persistent absence.
  • Ensuring communication between home and school, in regard to absences, is extremely effective.
  • Promoting punctual attendance and discouraging lateness.


Why Regular Attendance is so Important

Central to ensuring that all pupils can fulfil their potential is the fact that pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.  Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.  Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and persistent absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.


The government expects schools and local authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence.
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled.
  • Act early to address patterns of absence.


The government expects parents to:

  • Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age are registered at school and attend regularly.
  • Ensure pupils are punctual to their lessons.


In order to request an absence in term time, parents/carers need to complete our Request for Absence in Term Time form.   All absence requests must be completed on this form - letters will not be accepted.  This should be returned to the school at least 7 days before the start of the holiday. All requests must be made prior to the leave being taken.  Leave cannot be authorised retrospectively.  You should clearly state the dates and an explanation of the ‘exceptional circumstances’.  This form can be downloaded below, or you can request a paper or electronic copy from the office.


For more information regarding Attendance, please read our Attendance Policy. This can be found on our website: 'About Us' - 'Policies'.