We expect the highest attendance and punctuality from all of our pupils, at all times. We support pupils and their families to ensure that excellent attendance is achieved. North Yorkshire Local Authority’s target for attendance is 97%;

At Woodfield, we are continuously working towards this target and  our ultimate goal of 100% attendance for everyone. Absence in term time affects your child’s learning and personal and social development! 

Attendance for week ending 13th March 2020.
Class %
Robins 94.93%
Swallows 94.29%
Jays 93.33%
Curlews 95%
Whole school 94.38%

For  Autumn Term 2019, 16% of the children in school achieved 100% attendance.  This is fantastic, a big well done! 38% of the children reached the schools target of 97% attendance this term. Lets keep up the good work.

Expected School Attendance

Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfill their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

School Attendance: Statutory guidance and departmental advice, DFE Aug 2013

Requesting Leave of Absence

The Department for Education requires Local Authorities to implement government amendments to the regulations regarding the taking of Leave of Absence in term-time, which will came into force on the 1st September 2013. The new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.

Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Therefore Headteachers will only be able to grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and this will still be at the discretion of the Headteacher.

No parent/carer can demand leave of absence as of right. The Education Regulations state that applications must be made in advance by a parent/carer with whom the child lives and can only be authorised by the school in exceptional circumstances. Each leave application is considered individually by the school taking into account any factors presented by the family. Application forms are available from school and by clicking on the link below.

The following are examples of the criteria for leave of absence, which may be considered as ‘exceptional’:

  • Service personnel returning from active deployment
  • Where inflexibility of the parents’ leave or working arrangement is part of the organisational or company policy. This would need to be evidenced by the production or confirmation from the organisation/company
  • Where leave is recommended as part of a parent's or child’s rehabilitation from medical or emotional problems. Evidence must be provided.
  • When a family needs to spend time together to support each other during or after a crisis

This is not an exhaustive list and Headteachers must consider the individual circumstances of each case when making a decision on this matter. Leave in term time is only acceptable against these exceptional circumstances and can not be granted on the basis of attendance record, academic performance or the ‘experience’ offered by being out of school.

Where a headteacher feels that there may be exceptional circumstances which do not fit the criteria, they may refer to the local authority for advice. The decision of the Headteacher is, however, final. (Please note that the ability to access a reduced cost of a holiday does not constitute an exceptional circumstance.)

Where a child is taken out of school for the purpose of leave of absence in term time without the permission of the school, the absence will be coded as unauthorised and as such may result in a Penalty Notice. Penalties are issued and applied by the Local Authority and as such are not at the discretion of the headteacher. If a Penalty Notice is not paid, the matter may be taken to prosecution in the Magistrates Court.

Amendments to 2007 Penalty Notice regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1st September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices in line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecution if the fine is not paid.

We ask all parents to be mindful that taking a pupil on leave during term time interrupts teaching and learning and will disrupt your child’s educational progress.