At George Carey Church of England Primary School we hold attendance in high regard. Absence from school affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.

Any child’s absence or late arrival disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence under the law. At George Carey CoE Primary School we set aspirational targets for school attendance in order to ensure that our pupils come to school every day and make the best possible progress.



If a parent thinks their child is reluctant to attend school then we will work with the family to understand the cause of the problem.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no ‘leave’ has been given. Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school (not by the parents/carers), as either AUTHORISED of UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about reasons for absence is always required.



Good time keeping is a vital skill for life. Being on time helps a child to be calm, relaxed and happy in school; poor punctuality is unacceptable. If a child misses the start of the school day, they can miss work and may miss vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, and this can be embarrassing for the child, which in turn can make them reluctant to attend.


At George Carey last academic year, both our attendance and persistent absence were good. Our attendance was above local and national averages and our overall levels of persistent absence were below local and national averages – see tables below

To ensure that this good attendance continues, we have introduced a further incentive for the children in the form of termly rewards. Any child with 98-100% attendance and less than 5 late marks in the term will be entered into a raffle. They will then be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher (one for those in Key Stage 1 and one for those in Key Stage 2) for Smyths toy store. A certificate will be given to those children who have improved attendance also.

Attendance Data 2016/2017

George CareyAttendance 2016-17 National Primary Attendance data LBBD Primary Attendance data
96.76% 96.1% 96.1%


George CareyOverall Absence 2016-17 National Primary data- Overall Absence LBBD Primary data- Overall Absence
2.79% 3.9% 3.9%


George CareyPersistent Absence 2016-17 National Primary data- Persistent Absence LBBD Primary data- Persistent Absence
5.2% 8.8% 10.2%

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