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School Attendance / Presenoldeb

At Coety Primary we want the best for all the children in our care and we would like to start the new year by reminding you of the importance of good attendance at school. The significance of improving attendance is evidenced through the School Improvement Plan where it forms a key focus for this academic year.


Good Attendance

Good attendance is above 95% and we expect this to be the minimum level for all children at Coety Primary School. As a school, we are open for 190 days a year; this leaves 175 days for holidays, rest and non-urgent appointments.


The importance of regular attendance

There are many good reasons for encouraging regular school attendance which has been well researched and documented. For pupils the benefits include:

  • Keeping up with their school work
  • Ensure they meet their expected progress
  • Develop better personal and social skills
  • Learn habits needed for adult life e.g. punctuality and time management

Combined with benefits for school, staff and the wider community regular attendance at school has far reaching advantages for all parties concerned.



Research shows a close link between attendance at school and a child’s achievement. Being late adds up to a loss of learning. If a pupil arrives after registration has closed the absence will be recorded as unauthorised for that session.

Minutes late per day

Equivalent of missing

5 Minutes

3.4 school days a year

10 Minutes

6.9 school days a year

15 Minutes

10.3 school days a year

20 Minutes

13.8 school days a year

30 Minutes

20.7 school days a year


Authorised Absences

Where a pupil is absent due to sickness and is genuinely unable to attend school, then the school, after being informed, may authorise a child's absence. It is important to keep the school informed if your child is going to be absent at the start of the day. The school will have a clear process for you to follow. In law only a headteacher can authorise a pupil's absence, and may require additional evidence such as a letter from your GP.


Unauthorised Absences

The law states that parent/carer(s) must ensure that their child regularly attends the school where they are registered. With this in mind, at Coety Primary School we will consider requests for holidays in term time. However, these should be taken in the thirteen weeks of the year when the school is not open to pupils.


Actions due to poor attendance

Regular attendance is required by law and Wales is introducing Fixed Penalty Notice and Fines from September 2014 for parents who have children with more than 5 days of unauthorised absence. This can be issued for any absences not authorised by the school, including holidays. Bridgend County Borough Council will issue these notices when concerns are raised by school or the police. The fine is £120 unless paid within 28 days when it will reduce to £60.


Fixed Penalty Notices may be considered appropriate when:

  • At least 10 sessions (5 school days) are lost due to unauthorised absence during the current term. These do not need to be consecutive;
  • Unauthorised absences of at least 10 sessions (5 school days) due to holidays in term time or delayed return from extended holidays; or
  • Persistent late arrival at school, i.e. after the register has closed, in the current term. “Persistent” means at least 10 sessions of late arrival;
  • Truancy, where the child has come to the attention of the Police or public during the school hours for being absent from school, without an acceptable reason.


School Community

We all need to work together to raise levels of attendance at school and I hope that you will support us in our drive to increase the attendance of all children at Coety Primary School.


New Holiday / Out of School Request Form

Please think carefully about taking your child out of school during term time, however, if you require a holiday form or leave of absence form then they are available from the school office.