Attendance Regular attendance at school is essential in ensuring your chid receives a good education. As parents, you have a legal duty to ensure your child receives a full time education. You may be prosecuted and fined for removing your child from school without authorisation. Only the headteacher can authorise absence from school, and absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances. Attendance Policy Tracking Attendance We track rates of attendance very closely and will contact you if your child’s attendance is a cause for concern. We may invite to into school to discuss the issue and work together to find a resolution. Attendance below 90% is a concern and considered ‘persistent’. The graphic below illustrates how quickly ‘lost learning’ hours mount up. Childhood Illness It can be difficult deciding whether your child is too ill to attend school. This advice from the NHS might be useful.