Why is my child's attendance so important?

  • Regular attendance at school means that your child can make the most of their education, improving their opportunities later in life.
  • School can also help your child to develop their social skills such as making and maintaining friendships.
  • A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.
  • Research has shown a clear link between good attendance at school and the quality of the qualifications that students achieve.

What is good attendance?

At Newall Green our aim is to get all students in school every day. We want all students to aim for 100% attendance this way they are missing no education.  

Attendance of 97% and above is very good.  Please be aware that we become concerned if your child's attendance falls below 95%.

We have a team of people whose job it is to ensure this happens. These people are here to help our students especially if there are issues stopping them coming in to school. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is an issue you wish to discuss. It is essential that we work together to help your child.


From September 2013, in line with new directives from the Department for Education we no longer authorise any holidays during term-time for any student in any year. This means that any holidays taken during the school term will be counted as unauthorised absence. This is still the case despite the Isle of Wight case that has been in the news recently.

Significant periods of unauthorised absence (including unauthorised holidays, medical appointments etc.) will lead to legal action. To avoid this please keep in regular contact with school.


  • All students should be present at school for lessons at 8.40am.  Pupil’s arriving after this time will be marked as present but arriving late and given a 30 minute after school detention that day.
  • Registers will close at 9.10am.  Pupils arriving after the close of registration will be recorded as late, this will not be authorised and will count as an absence for the morning.
  • Failure to attend ‘lates’ detention will lead to a lunchtime isolation and ‘lates’ detention.

The team:

Helen Doherty – Attendance Data Officer

Attendance is vital for your child to achieve their full potential.

The link between attendance and attainment is clear.

For the last three years our attendance has been improving….significantly. At the same time so have our GCSE results. It is NOT a coincidence. Thanks to all those students and parents who have supported us in achieving this.

How can we achieve this?

We need to be working together by monitoring your child’s attendance over the coming school year. It is therefore essential that your child adopts a positive consistent approach to school life. To enable this to happen, regular punctual attendance is required.
If your child is experiencing difficulties with his/her attendance, it is extremely helpful if you contact the Attendance Office at the earliest opportunity to enable us to offer you support.
If your child is going to be off ill or has a medical appointment, please contact Helen Doherty on (0161) 413 8546 before 9.00am with the necessary details. An answer phone is available if necessary.

What will we do to support your child with their attendance?

  • Rewarding all those on 97% or above every half term.
  • Rewarding improved attendance.
  • By monitoring children with attendance causing us concern - building good relations with families so that we can work together.

We are happy to meet with you and your child if necessary either in school or at your home.

As parents, please could you...

...inform the Attendance Office immediately if your child is unable to attend. Failure to do so could result in your child receiving a truancy registration mark.
...ensure your child is in school on time (08.40) everyday.
...arrange medical and dental appointments for outside of school hours if at all possible. If not please send your child in with an appointment card as without we cannot authorise their absence.


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