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Attendance and absence

At Chalgrove Community Primary School, we aim to provide a safe, caring and friendly environment for all our pupils to allow them to learn effectively, improve their life chances and help them maximise their potential.


The school is committed to supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all pupils. It is only by attending school regularly and punctually that children will be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. High attainment depends on good attendance.

The whole school community – students, parents and carers, teaching and support staff, and school governors – has a responsibility for ensuring good school attendance. Everyone has an important role to play.

We encourage all of our pupils to aim to keep their attendance above 96%. When pupils slip below this target they are at risk of underachievement and are much less able to fulfil their potential.


As a school and Trust, we are adopting a more robust and firmer approach for non attendance. This will mean that the school may refer families to the County Attendance Team when a child is absent without authority or for cases of persistent non-attendance. We will always strive to work with families to support and we also understand that for a small number of children medical and other genuine needs mean that attendance will be impacted.


We also understand there are times when children are ill and this can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school.

There are government guidelines for schools about managing specific infectious diseases, these say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.

If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone us on the first day. We need to know that your child won't be in and the reason why.

If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let their teacher know.

The NHS have produced this helpful guide "Is my child too ill for school"


Please take a look at the chart below as this gives true context in terms of actual days missed in one academic year. Not being in school really does impact on learning but also friendship groups and social interaction.


If your child is not in school for whatever reason, you must let the school know by phone: 01865 890385 or email:

Please click the below link to our "policies" page on our website, where you can find our "Attendance Policy"