Ark Brunel believes that attendance at school is vital in maximising a child’s success at school and future life chances. We endeavour to ensure that all children of school age receive a full-time education which maximises their opportunity to realise their full potential.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.

Unauthorised absences are those, which the school does not consider reasonable. This includes:

  • parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • absences which have never been properly explained
  • children who arrive at school after 9:20am
  • shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
  • day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed.

At Ark Brunel , all staff will work closely with families to ensure that children attend school and arrive punctually. Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child attends the school to which they are registered.

In order to ensure efficient communication and record keeping, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Notice is given by parents in advance of known absences, for example medical appointments
  • In the case of a child’s illness, School should be contacted as early as possible (8:00am) by parents to notify staff. A note is taken of the child’s absence and reason for it.
  • Requests by parents for taking children out of school for family holidays MUST be made on the official request form. Families are discouraged from taking children out of school for the purposes of a holiday and permission will not be given.
  • A register of attendance is taken every morning at the start of the day. A phone call will be made as soon as possible to the parents to ascertain why the child is absent.
  • Whilst any child may be off school because they are ill, sometimes they can be reluctant to attend school for a variety of reasons. If your child is reluctant to attend please speak directly to a member of the staff team so that we can take steps to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and support your child accordingly.
  • In the case of repeated unauthorised absence or persistent absence, the school is required to follow up with the Local Authority and make them aware of the details. Parents should be aware that unauthorised absence could lead to the Local Authority taking legal action against them.
  • On occasions, children may have a prolonged period of absence due to illness or surgery. In these cases, staff will establish prior to planned surgery, when and how the pupil will return to school, working with the parents and other agencies as required.


Our whole school attendance figure for 2019/20 was 95.8% for Y1-Y6.