Attendance and Absence


Your child’s time at school is very valuable – they only get the chance once!  It’s therefore very important that they miss as little school as possible.  We do realise that absences due to illness or medical matters can be unavoidable and school is not the place for a child to be if they are unwell.

If your child is not going to be coming into school we ask you to phone the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence to let us know they won’t be in.


West Woodburn aims to get better than 96% attendance each year. 

From September 2013 the Headteacher no longer has the authority to authorise absences for the pupose of taking a family holiday except in exceptional circumstances. We therefore ask parents and carers to avoid booking holidays during term time. If however you believe there are exceptional reasons why your child needs to be absent from school you need to make your request using the school form (available from the office) stating the dates and the exceptional reasons for the absence.

A child who is absent from school for 2 weeks (10 days) will have less than 95% attendance for that year before taking into account any further days lost due to illness.

Where a child’s level or pattern of absences becomes a concern we will discuss this with the parent or carer and may involve the services of our Educational Welfare Officer to help improve the situation.