School attendance

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. Talking to your child and their teachers could help solve any problems if your child does not want to go to school.  At Gossey Lane we strive to achieve the national expectations for attendance and to reduce the number of pupils who are persistently absent.


Regular school attendance 

Good attendance shows secondary schools and future potential employers that your child is reliable.

Gossey Lane Academy records details of all children’s attendance and absence at school. We must do so at the beginning of morning and afternoon sessions. If your child is absent, you must tell the school why immediately.

The school will record the absence; the Local Authority will receive this information for each child. The Department of Education also receives annual attendance data for the school.


Your responsibilities as a parent

By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering their child at a school – though some choose to make other arrangements to provide a suitable, full-time education.

Once your child is registered at Gossey Lane Academy, the parent is legally responsible for making sure they attend on a regular basis.  If your child does not attend school on a regular basis you could get fined or be prosecuted in court.


How to prevent your child from missing school

You can help prevent your child missing school by:

  • making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher or principal know about anything serious
  • not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work

To avoid disrupting your child’s education, you should arrange appointments and outings:

  • after school hours
  • at weekends
  • during school holidays
  • You should not expect Gossey Lane Academy to agree to your child going on holiday during term time.


Support on school attendance

A child’s school attendance can be affected if there are problems with:

  • bullying
  • housing or care arrangements
  • transport to and from school
  • work and money

If your child starts missing school, you might not know there is a problem.  When you find out, ask your child and then approach their teacher or the school attendance team.


Support from Gossey Lane Academy

The school is the first place to discuss any attendance problems. The school will agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.

If your child’s attendance gives the school reason for concern (the trigger point is when attendance drops below 95 per cent), we will invite you into school to discuss support and next steps to improve attendance.

Please click on this link to access the Whole School Attendance letter.


At Gossey Lane Academy, the achievement of our children is our number one priority.  We strive to ensure that when each child leaves us that they are ready for the next stage of their educational journey.  In order for us to do this, they need to be in school.  We aim to achieve at least 96% attendance across the school.  This is the national average figure, and whilst it appears high, have a look at what this means in real terms.


You can see that even at 95% attendance, your child will miss a lot of essential learning time.  So, please ensure your child comes to school each day to receive good teaching and learning. They need to keep on track with their progress and reach their full potential!

For more information on our attendance systems, please click on the link below. This will take you to our Attendance Policy.

Click here to read Gossey Lane’s Attendance Policy

You can find out the latest attendance updates for each class in classroom windows.