Absence from School

Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. The Government’s target for attendance for Primary School Pupils is at least 95%.

How does your child’s attendance compare with this target?

The table below indicates how just a few days absence can result in children missing a significant number of lessons. It has been proven that children who miss a lot of school achieve less.

Effects of Non-Attendance:

Attendance during School yearEquates to days absentWhich is approximatelyWhich means the number of lessons missed
94%10 days2 weeks50 lessons
90%19 days4 weeks100 lessons
85%29 days6 weeks150 lessons
80%38 days8 weeks200 lessons
75%48 days10 weeks250 lessons
70%57 days11½ weeks290 lessons
65%67 days13½ weeks340 lessons


Late Arrival at School

When a child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

The table below indicates how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others. Please help children in your care to be punctual.

Effects of Late Arrival at School:

Minutes Late Per dayEquates to days of teaching lost in one yearWhich means this  number of lessons missed
5 Minutes3½ days17 lessons
10 minutes7 days35 lessons
15 Minutes10½ days52 lessons
20 Minutes14 days70 lessons
25 Minutes21 days104 lessons



To view Hoo St Werburgh Primary School & Marlborough Centre Attendance Policy please click on this link