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Woolaston Primary School

'Together we grow, achieve and celebrate’

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Woolaston Primary School

'Together we grow, achieve and celebrate’


Attendance at School

Good attendance is celebrated at Woolaston Primary School.  Please remember that school starts at 9.00am and ends at 3.30pm. Prompt delivery and collection of children will help them form good routines for later in life.  Irregular attendance seriously disrupts the continuity of learning, undermines educational progress, can lead to underachievement and low attainment, and impedes the child’s ability to develop friendship groups within the school.


If you arrive at school after 9.00am please use the office entrance 


Good Attendance + Punctuality = Success


Every school day counts!

  • 365 days in a year

  • 190 days in a school year

  • This leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping and appointments!


At Woolaston Primary School we aim for 100% attendance.


Each child should be in school every day the school is open.

98%+ Excellent – Well done! This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school.

96% Expected attendance – Well done, strive to build on this.

90% and below Poor attendance – Persistent Absence – Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Please work with the school urgently to improve the situation.

85% or below – Unacceptable attendance – Absence is causing a SERIOUS CONCERN. It is affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting your child’s learning.


Absence from School

All pupils should attend school for every session that is available to them, unless the reason for their absence is one that meets the school’s criteria for authorising absences, e.g. illness, non-routine medical/dental appointments, religious observance, educational visits, and another unavoidable cause.


If your child is ill and unable to attend school please ring the school on 01594 529270 before 9.30am. An answer machine is available for you to leave a message. Please leave the following information, so we are able to record the absence appropriately on the register:-

-Child's name


-Reason for absence


Due to changes in legislation as of 1st September 2013 the school is no longer able to authorise holidays in term time except in exceptional circumstances. Please complete the form below and email it to for any absence requests  Where absences are unauthorised warning letters and penalty notices will be issued.


It all adds up!

100% Attending school everyday gives your child the best chance of success.

90%   Attending 4½ days a week = 4 weeks missed learning per year.

80%   Attending 4 days a week = 8 weeks missed learning per year.

70%   Attending 3 ½ days a week = 12 weeks missed learning per year.

80% attendance adds up to missing 2 full years of education over their school life!


Please refer to the 'Policies' section of this website, which can be found via the 'Parent' menu for the latest Attendance Policy.

Gloucestershire Local Authority has produced information leaflets that parents are advised to download and read. These leaflets are available using the link below:


Leaflet for parents about Attendance


Leaflet for parents about Penalty Notices


Leaflet for parents about Prosecution for Non-Attendance at school




WE ARE A GOOD SCHOOL… in all areas! - Ofsted 2023 / Attendance for Week Commencing 3rd July 2024 - Sparrow 92.5%, Starling 96%, Robin 95.5%, Woodpeckers 97.1%, Heron 94.5% Whole School Attendance 95.1%