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Attendance, sickness and holidays

Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there

is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:

*Authorised absence - where the school approves pupil absence

*Unauthorised absence - where the school does not approve absence

At Crossdale we aim to achieve an attendance rate of over 95% (meaning children are absent from school no more than 1 day every 4 weeks). To support this we will provide the following in an effort to maintain and improve attendance:

  • A caring and supportive atmosphere where children come first
  • Careful registration, making sure mistakes are not made
  • If a message has not been received, we will make a phone call or text home on the first morning of       children are absent from school
  • Information for parents about attendance on a termly basis, at the end of each term
  • Monitoring and support for children whose attendance is below 90%.

Any child with attendance below 90% is categorised as a persistent absentee, and are missing more than 1 day of school every 2 weeks on average. Children with attendance below 90% are highly unlikely to achieve their academic potential.  See more information about this in the document below. 


In the event that your child is sick, we are advised that they should be kept away from other children for a minimum of 24-48 hours.

If you are unsure about whether your child should attend school, please contact the school office by visiting, telephoning - (0115) 974  8088 or by email -

Further guidance from the Public Health Agency is available here.

We would like you to contact school regarding unexpected absences (for example, sickness) before 9:30am. If we haven't heard from you by 10am, we will get in touch by text or by telephone.

Holidays During Term Time

When a pupil is withdrawn during term time there is disruption to the learning process and this can sometimes result in the pupil falling behind his/her peers. Permission for family holidays in term time can only be granted in exceptional circumstances. The Department for Education issued new guidelines in September 2013 which clarified the expectations for headteachers and parents.

The following are not legitimate reasons for taking holiday in term time:

  • Availability of cheap holidays
  • Availability of desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experienced in the school holiday period
  • Overlap with the beginning or end of term
  • Holidays booked before checking with the school
  • Siblings at other schools with different holidays
  • Day trips​​


While an attendance figure of 90% may not sound very low, research in 2016 showed it reduces a child's chance of achieving 5+ 5-9 grades at GCSE from 81% to around 57%. A child who averages 80% attendance during their secondary school career effectively misses one whole year of education and significantly reduces their chances of good grades.

Even for high-achieving students poor attendance has a significant negative impact on their grades. It has been shown that missing just 17 days of school in Year 11 reduces final GCSE grades by one level across all subjects. This could easily be sufficient to prevent a student getting on to the sixth-form course and ultimately the university or career of their choice.

We understand that sometimes children are genuinely ill and of course you must be the judge of this. However, there may be other factors which are causing reluctance to come to school and, if you believe this is the case, please contact us. We will do all we can to help.


When your child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel anxious and embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage your child and disrupt the learning of others. Please help your child to be punctual.

If a child is late 10 minutes each day it equates to 7 lost teaching days across the year.
20 minutes late each day equates 70 missed lessons across the year.

Please pop into school if you would like to discuss your child’s attendance.


Administering Medicines At School

Please see the attachment (below) for details of our policy on administering medicines at school.