Why is Attendance Important?

Children who are in school and on time every day do better than those who are not. It's a fact. Even children whose attendance is 90% will have missed 19 school days over the year and will struggle to achieve their targets. So here is what we do to encourage good attendance at Poplar Farm School. 


The class with the highest attendance from the previous week will receive a certificate.  


This year every child who achieves 100% attendance for the whole year will receive a certificate on the last day of the school year. 

What do I do if my child is ill?

If your child is absent from school, please phone us as soon as you can. For safety reasons, we operate a thorough absence monitoring procedure, so early notification is crucial. 

Where a fixed penalty notice may be issued... 

Fixed term penalties will only be issued in circumstances where the LA is satisfied that the criteria for prosecution would be met if the option of a fixed penalty notice is not taken up by the parent. The circumstances in which a notice may be issued are:

- Where a child is absent from school due to unauthorised absence of 10% or over a six-week period.

- Where a child is present in a public place during school hours without reasonable justification during the first five days of any exclusion.

Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education.