One of the most important ways to help your child achieve their full potential is to ensure your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Statistics prove there is a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance.

Holidays during term time:

The attendance team at Woodlands works alongside the Local Authority and do not grant permission for holidays during term time unless the circumstances are deemed exceptional. We have an obligation to take appropriate action in line with government legislation to request penalty notices for each parent who we believe has taken their child or children out of school during term time.
Penalty notices are £60 per parent per child so this could result in a cost of £360 for a two parent family with 3 children should you choose to take them on holiday outside of the designated school holidays often meaning that a cheap holiday can become very expensive overnight. Penalty notices increase in cost if they are not paid within 28 days.

School attendance and Absence

By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly.

A child registered at a school can legally miss school only in very limited circumstances. These include:

  • When the child is too ill to attend
  • When the absence has been pre-arranged with the school


You can help prevent your child missing school by:

  • Making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
    taking an interest in their education
  • Discussing any problems they may have at school – inform their teacher or head teacher about anything serious
  • Not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work

Find out more about the Trust’s strategic approach to attendance


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