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Attendance Matters;

At The Harbour School we know that good attendance matters.

  • Pupils who have good attendance: achieve better results, make better friendships and have improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • To promote good attendance and progress, attendance awards are given at the end of the year.
  • We ask that parents inform of any illness absence on the first day and we follow up any uninformed absence to ensure that your child is safe.
  • We value parents support in ensuring their children attend school every day and get the most out of their opportunities and time in school.

Holidays are not allowed during term time, this is in line with the legal requirement for your child to be in school. 

With effect from September 2015 schools have been advised by the government’s Department for Education (DfE) that the Persistent Absence (PA) threshold will be reduced to 10%. Until this date it has been 15%. This means that if a child/young person has an overall attendance of 90% or less over a given period, they will be classified as a persistent absentee pupil.


Penalty Notices

I must remind you that as parents it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so may result in a penalty Notice being issued against you and/or legal proceedings being considered.

Before booking a holiday, remember you could be at risk of a fine if you take your child out during term time. This fine is £60/£120 per parent, per child. No holidays will be authorised in term time.


Please telephone the school everyday to report your child’s absence. Please try to phone before 9.30am. You can leave a message on the school answer phone stating child’s name, class and reason for absence.

If your child’s attendance is satisfactory, we will authorise three days illness. If your child is absent for more than three days, you will require medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s note, medical appointment card, prescription or details of any medicines taken. If evidence is not received, the mark will be recorded as unauthorised.


Please try to make all dentist, doctor, hospital, optician, orthodontist appointments, outside school hours where possible. If this is not possible please show evidence of appointment at school reception.

Attendance Letters Home- Cambridgeshire 3 Letter System

Letter 1

If your child’s absence falls below 96% ‘Letter 1’ may be sent to you. This is to inform you that your child’s absence is below the expected %. We will be monitoring to see an improvement in attendance.

Letter 2

If your child’s absence continues to fall ‘Letter 2 ‘ will be sent, where you will be invited to come along to school and discuss your child’s attendance with a member of our attendance team. These meetings are usually very beneficial and informative to parents and the school alike. At these meetings support is offered if required and strategies are discussed to help improve attendance where applicable.

Letter 3

You will be set an attendance target with possible issue of penalty notice if target not met.

EWO Referral

If your child’s absence does not improve after the attendance meeting the Educational Welfare [EWO] will become involved and at this stage legal proceedings may begin.

Support for Parents

The school has a dedicated team who are happy to discuss any concerns or problems you may have regarding attendance. Please feel free to contact Mr Waller, who will be pleased to help.

Request for Term Time Absence due to Exceptional Circumstances - please click on the link below for further information

 Term Time Pupil Absence Request Form