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The target attendance figure for all children is a minimum of 97% attendance.


Children will slot into one of these groups depending on their attendance. We will use these groups to help us monitor attendance and support children and families so that individual attendance improves. 

Group 1: No Concern - Green Group child attends for 97% - 100% of the time. 

Group 2: Concern - Yellow Group child attends for 96% - 96.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group child attends for 94% - 95.9% of the time.

Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group child attends for 90% - 93.9% of the time.

Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement – Red Group  child attends for 0% - 89.9% of the time.


Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximize their learning and achieve full potential here at Sidmouth Primary School. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time and ready to learn. School begins at 08:55am and doors open at 08:45am.

  • Ensure the school has up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text or by telephone if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. 

  • If your child is ill, please contact the school and tell us why your child is unable to come to school.  If we don’t hear from you, and can’t make contact with you, we will make a home visit. We will leave a card asking you to contact the school.

  • Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.

  • Holidays will not be authorised during term time.


If no contact is received regarding the absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical evidence if your child has a poor attendance record.


We are keen to encourage children to attend school everyday and are introducing a range of exciting incentives:


  • Weekly incentives for each key stage; the class with highest attendance will get a 20 minute reward on Friday. There will also be certificates for children who have improved their attendance.

  • Half termly there is a chance to be entered into a draw to win a £25 voucher for the family/child who has 97% or more attendance.

  • Termly, the class with the most attendance certificates in each key stage gets an afternoon of fun - individual children with 97% or more attendance will get a prize and certificate.

  • Yearly 100% attendance - prize for the class with the most certificates in each key stage and a certificate and voucher for 100% attendance for individuals.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality for your child.

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