At Fairways we are proud of our consistently above average attendance rates.
We encourage children to ‘be tough’ and come to school every day, even if they have a minor ailment unless it is a COVID-19 symptom.
We work in partnership with children and their families to support good attendance.
Take a look at the table below for a reminder of the importance of attendance.
Whole Days Absent Per Year
Learning Hours Lost Per Year
Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child regularly attends school.
In line with 'Amendment to Southend Borough Council’s Code of Conduct under the Provision of the Education (Penalty Notices) Regulation 2004' , our attendance procedures are as follows:
1.If your child is ill, please contact the school before 9.15am on the first day of absence and every subsequent day that your child is absent from school. Failure to do this will result in an unauthorised absence.
A Penalty Notice may be issued if there is absence of 20 school sessions (10 days) or more within a 24 week period.
2. Fairways Primary School will not authorise any holidays during term time. However, leave of absence may be authorised in exceptional circumstances.
A Penalty Notice can be issued if:
There have been 10 sessions (5 consecutive days) or more of unauthorised absence due to leave taken during an academic year;
Attendance is below 90% during the preceding 12 weeks before the leave was taken.
The importance of daily school attendance and punctuality cannot be over emphasised. Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable pupils to fulfil their potential.