Regular and punctual attendance of pupils at school is both a legal requirement and crucial to a pupil's success - there is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If pupils are not in lessons they CANNOT LEARN! EVERY LESSON REALLY DOES COUNT!! Statistics show missing 8.5 days (17 sessions) of school in any school year can reduce the success level of a pupil by 1 GCSE grade.

There may be a very good reason for absence from school for example genuine illness and other medical issues, however there are many other reasons that cause pupils to have time off from school. If there are any reasons which are causing your child to not attend school please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hegarty KS2, Mr N Watts KS3 and Ms Dore KS4 our Pastoral Attendance Managers whom can offer support to your son/daughter to improve their school life and attendance.

Where a pupil’s attendance is below 90%, it is the equivalent of missing 19 days of school = nearly 4 weeks or 95 lessons per year!

Attendance below 80% = 38 DAYS absence, nearly 8 WEEKS or 190 LESSONS peryear! At the end of 5 years at Woodfield, 80% attendance would result in a student missing 1 whole school year!

Absence from school

Pupils are required to attend school for 190 days each year.

The Woodfield target for attendance in school is 95%.

Attendance during one school year

Equals days absent

Which is approximately weeks absent

Which means this number of lessons missed


9 Days

2 Weeks

45 Lessons


19 Days

4 Weeks

95 Lessons


29 Days

6 Weeks

145 Lessons


38 Days

8 Weeks

190 Lessons


48 Days

10 Weeks

240 Lessons


57 Days

11.5 Weeks

285 Lessons


67 Days

13.5 Weeks

335 Lessons

If a pupil is ill

Please contact the school on 02476 418755 (Stoneleigh Road) or 02476 462335 (Hawthorn Lane) should your child be too unwell to attend school.

You should do this by 9.30am on the first day of absence and every day thereafter until your son/daughter returns to school. Furthermore a supporting note explaining your child’s absence should be brought in and handed to their form tutor on  their return.

Medical Appointments (e.g. Doctor, Dentist & Optician)

Please attempt to make any appointment for dentist, optician and doctors outside of school hours. If a school time appointment is unavoidable please ensure that your child attends school before/after the appointment. Medical evidence should be provided for all appointments.

Holidays / Leave of absence

The reference in law to Principle's being able (at their discretion) to agree to leave of absence (for holidays) was removed from 1st September 2013. Only in exceptional circumstances are schools allowed to authorise leave of absence. In exceptional circumstances, a request for leave of absence should be returned to our Pastoral Manager's.

If the application is not considered as one of exceptional circumstances the request will be refused. If the family still embark on the requested leave, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence will be followed up as per the attendance legislation section in the School’s Attendance Policy.

Persistent absent pupils

The Government and local Education Authority view school attendance regularly and whether authorised or unauthorised if a pupil’s attendance drops below 85% they become classified as a Persistent Absent (PA) pupil. If a pupil becomes a PA pupil, The Woodfield School may take legal action through our Education Welfare Service (EWS) dependant on the reasons for absence.

The EWS will instruct the school that further absences cannot be authorised without medical evidence (from your child’s doctor). In such circumstances, a note or call from parents stating absence due to illness will no longer suffice and further absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

 Mr S Poole - Principal