The new ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ campaign aims to improve school attendance levels in the city by highlighting to parents / carers and students what they can achieve if they have good attendance and reach their full potential, as well as illustrating how missing school can limit their future lives.

98%-100% Excellent Attendance
96%-98% Possibility of underachievement
90%-96% Risk of underachievement
Less than 90% Extreme risk of under achievement

As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Did you know that:

  • a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime. A quarter of school age offenders have truanted repeatedly
  • at least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

 Absence from school

Children are required by law to attend school 190 days a year. The government states that every pupil’s attendance should be at least 96%. Being LATE after registration will also LOWER your attendance.

Attendance during 1 school year Equals-days absence Equals number of weeks of absence
95% 9 days 2 weeks
90% 19 days 4 weeks
85% 29 days 6 weeks
80% 38 days 8 weeks
75% 48 days 10 weeks

Attendance Matters What to do
Good school attendance is very important for your child’s academic performance and social interaction with their peers. Ensure your child is in school everyday on time.
Please ensure your child is in school on time and attending school every day.  When your child is ill, and we are aware that this does happen, you must report it to the school immediately. Contact school by telephone and select option 1 to leave a message on the absence notification line. Alternatively use the Study Bugs app. Please contact the school each day your child is absent with a valid reason.  We may ask you to provide medical evidence.

If your child is late to school, they will to come into school through the front office.  You will be asked for a reason for why they are late.  

If you know your child will be late, please inform school and order your child’s dinner by contacting the office by no later than 9.15am. If you miss this time please send your child in with a packed lunch.

Attendance is monitored on a daily basis by the Attendance Officer.  The Attendance Officer may contact you if a reason for absence is not given.  Absence is authorised when; a legally acceptable reason is given or when medical evidence is provided.  You may be invited to school for a meeting with the Attendance Officer and/or the School Nurse to discuss ways the school can support you in improving your child’s attendance.

If your child does not have regular attendance the Attendance Officer may write to you asking you to provide medical evidence for future absences. If this happens, the letter will explain what evidence is acceptable, i.e. letter from your doctor.

If the school is not given a reason for absence, the absence will be marked as an ‘unauthorised’ absence.
If your child reaches 10 sessions of unauthorised absence in a term, the school may need to refer to the school attendance team for consideration of a fixed penalty notice or a school attendance panel.  

Persistent absences may lead to legal action being taken by the school attendance team which may result in a substantial fine.

Further information can be found in the school’s attendance policy.

Thank you for your co-operation

Did you know that last year, one on five children in Portsmouth each missed a total of one week of school through unauthorised absence?
That means they not only missed out on lessons but also school clubs, friendships and school trips, leaving gaps in their learning which could limit their future options in life.

You can find out more about school attendance at and by joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #MissSchoolMissOut

If my child is ill, should they be off school?

Healthier Together Should Your Child Go To School Today
NHS Guidance On Attendance

This NHS website give parents information about what to do if your child is unwell. It will help you decide whether it is appropriate to keep your child at home or send them to school.