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Kingham Primary School encourages regular attendance as there is a very strong link between poor attendance and poor performance. Students are expected to attend daily and on time unless they are ill.

Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents set the standards and expectations for your child. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment.

If children do not attend school regularly they may struggle to keep up with school work and struggle to make and keep friendships.

The Department for Education advises that Leave of Absence should not be permitted during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. As there are thirteen weeks of school holiday in which family holidays can be taken, holidays are not considered as ‘exceptional circumstances’. We understand that this can be hard on families from other countries who want to be able to visit their relatives abroad during term time, but arrangements will have to made to make visits either without your children or during the school holidays.

If parents or carers do plan to take their child out of school for any reason, they need to complete an absence request form, available from the school office or on the link below:

Absence Request Form

School Attendance Policy