The Griffin Federation


Please view our Attendance Policy here

Help your child be an Attendance Hero by coming to school everyday

All three schools are caring schools, enabling children to reach their full potential. They are committed to providing a full and efficient education for all pupils. The schools believe sincerely that all pupils benefit from the education they provide and therefore promote regular school attendance. Regular school attendance is crucial when ensuring that pupils achieve their potential. To this end the schools will do as much as they can to ensure that all pupils achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that may impede full attendance are acted upon as quickly as possible.

Please ring school to let us know if your child is ill.   If we don’t hear from you, we will call you.  If on day two of your child being off, we still haven’t heard from you, we will make a visit to your home to check on the wellbeing of your child.  We will contact you through the school year if your child’s attendance is causing concern.

If you are struggling with sleep routines, morning routines etc, please contact us as Amanda, our Family Support Worker, has some great tips, tricks and ideas, or she can signpost you to more appropriate support.

We are here to work with you so your child’s attendance is the best it can be to ensure their life chances are as great as possible.


If your child arrives to school late beyond the register closing, they do not receive their morning mark, so if your child arrives late for one week, they will only receive 50% attendance as they will only get their morning mark.

For weekly attendance information about each school, please see the newsletter.

The information below details the categories of attendance, as well as a summary of how much time of lost learning is accrued.

Attendance Figures


School Attendance affect on learning


Amendments to school attendance regulations were updated and enforced from September 2013: The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations state that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

It is important to note that headteachers can determine the length of the authorised absence, as well as whether absence is authorised at all. The fundamental principles for defining exceptional are rare, significant, or unavoidable, which means the event could not reasonably be scheduled at another time. There are no rules on this as circumstances vary from school to school and family to family. There is, however, no legal entitlement for time off in school term time to go on holiday and in the majority of cases holiday will not be authorised. Parents/carers wishing to apply for leave of absence need to fill in an application form in advance and before making any travel arrangements.

If term-time leave is taken without prior permission from the school, the absence will be unauthorised and if the number of sessions absent hits the thresholds the parents/carers will be issued with a fixed-penalty fine or other legal action in accordance with the code.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children out during school time.