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Attendance at Fulwood & Cadley 


This is a successful school and every child plays their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all pupils to achieve their potential and aspire to excellence.

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and every child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless they have an unavoidable reason to be absent. Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.

Absence or late arrival also disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class.

Government research shows a direct link between attendance and attainment and good attenders also make better progress socially, learn to work with others, and are better prepared for the transition to secondary school and, eventually, higher education, training and employment.

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

Our attendance target this year is 96%, but all pupils should strive to achieve 100% attendance if they can.


Changes to the School Day: 

School doors open at 8:40am

Registration 8:50am

End of the day 3:20pm

Working Together to Improve Attendance


Punctuality is a significant areas for development for the school due to an increase in the number of learning time being missed as a result of lateness. 


Attendance Picture in School


100% Attendance

What is Persistent Absence?

Persistent absence is when a pupil's overall absence equates to 10 per cent or more of their possible sessions.


Persistent Absence is an area for improvement across the school, with in depth analysis we are able to isolate the children who have been absent due to illness, holidays or other issues related to welfare and safeguarding which may have forced children into the category of persistently absent. 

However we have a large group of children who continue to struggle to maintain good attendance due to a number of varying factors. Through the pastoral support systems in school we work hard to address all barriers to learning and raise rates of attendance so they become increasingly in line with the national target of 96%. 

We continue to ask parents for their support in ensuring we lower our persistent absence rates and enable all children to get into school daily. 


2023-24 Attendance Policy