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Article 28: We have the right to an education. 

At Penwortham attendance is very important to make sure that every child reaches their full potential not only academically but also socially and emotionally.

Attendance Policy

Working together to improve school attendance DfE guidance September 2022

Working together to improve school attendance DfE statutory guidance from 19th August 2024

Summary table of responsibilities for school attendance September 2022

School Target



Above 98%


Above 96.4%

Our school Attendance team consists of Clair Varrow (admin team), Litsa Anderson (Deputy Head), and Steven Britton (Education Welfare Officer). All pupils’ attendance and punctuality is monitored by the school’s designated Education Welfare Officer. Any child who attends school less than 90% of the time, is considered to be a Persistent Absentee and a referral to Educational Welfare will be made for them.

Absences in Term Time

Parents do not have a right to take their child(ren) out of school for holidays during term time. Holidays during term time are not allowed and will be classified as unauthorised.

In exceptional circumstances Parents/Carers wishing to apply for their child(ren) to have leave from school during term time should complete the Absence in term time form which is available below. Once you have filled in the form the school will confirm a date and time to meet with you. 


 Important information – please read this section before completing the form further

All requests for absence are treated sympathetically and only in exceptional circumstances will they be approved. The policy of Wandsworth council, to which we have agreed, states that parents who take their child out of school during term time, without the authority of the Headteacher, may receive a Penalty Notice. Penalty Fines will be issued by the Local Authority.

Each parent is liable to receive the Penalty Fine for each child who incurs unauthorised absence in these circumstances.


More information can be found in our Attendance Policy

Be an attendance HERO!!


Every day


On time