At Edna G. Olds Academy we are committed to helping all pupils to achieve their full potential. Good attendance is a key factor in raising pupils’ attainment and supporting their personal development. Whilst it is appreciated that children are ill from time to time, please think carefully before allowing your child to be absent from school. The chart below provides an indication of how just a few days absence can significantly impact a child’s overall attendance percentage and impede their learning:

DescriptionAttendanceWhole Days LostLost Hours of Learning
Excellent100 – 99%0 – 20 – 10
Good98 – 96%4 – 7.520 – 37.5
RequiresImprovement95 – 91%9.5 – 1747.5 – 85
PersistantAbsentee90 – 86%19 – 2795 – 135
Critical85 – 80%28.5 – 38142.5 – 190


We always aim to work positively with parents, when we have concerns regarding children’s attendance. This involves School regularly keeping you updated via letters and other forms of contact regarding your child’s attendance percentage, as well as offering support or guidance whenever it is needed. We strive to work in partnership with families to find realistic solutions to overcome barriers to learning. Our Family Support and Attendance Worker is available on Mondays and Fridays, and is available to advise you on a variety of matters. Please contact the School office to make an appointment.

Rob Jones (Family Support and Attendance Worker): Telephone 07900223045.

If your child’s attendance falls below 95% we will make contact with you and offer support.

If their attendance drops to 90% you will be asked to come to a meeting in school where the impact of the individual attendance percentage will be discussed. An action plan will be put in to place and your child’s attendance monitored closely. In addition to this, any absences below 90% will require medical evidence in order to be authorised.

Remember, school attendance is your statutory responsibility as a parent or primary career. This means if your child’s attendance falls into the red region below, not only is their education suffering, but you will be referred to the Education Welfare Service and may also receive a penalty notice.


Government guidelines stipulate that Headteacher’s cannot grant any leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances. Holidays and trips abroad do not qualify as exceptional circumstances.

If a leave of absence is taken for the purpose of a holiday it will be counted as an unauthorised absence. It is probable that a penalty notice may be issued in these circumstances, and a referral to the Education Welfare Service may also be made.


  • 5 days absence from school = 2.5%
  • 10 days absence from school = 5%
  • Typically, we would become very concerned about the impact of time off on a child’s education when their attendance reached 95%
  • It is easy to see how even a few days off can make a BIG difference!