10th October 2016

7th October 2016

Dear Parents


In the recent Ofsted Inspection at Garras Primary School the inspector raised concerns over attendance. The inspector identified that the school has worked hard to put effective practices in place to encourage good attendance. However, despite the efforts of staff and Governors the inspector noted that “overall attendance remains stubbornly below the national average” and “that this is a result of holidays taken in term time”. The Governors have asked me to share with you that the attendance data almost put the school into ‘Requires Improvement’. Therefore the Governors and I will be taking effective action to ensure we address any attendance issues. We will begin by reviewing our current attendance policy and will be making sure it is in line with the latest County and National policies. Once the policy has been reviewed and agreed we will share this with all parents/carers. We ask all parents and carers to support us in improving attendance. Below is some information on attendance which I hope you find useful.


  • The national average attendance is around 95% and all schools, including Garras/Sithney Primary School, strive to meet or exceed this

  • We believe it is essential that all children are in school every day, thereby ensuring that our pupils benefit fully from their education

  • In all year groups of primary and secondary education there is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement

Statutory attendance legislation makes clear that children are expected to attend school every day, and schools may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Please note that any parent requesting leave of absence will be invited to a meeting with Mrs Wandless, Mr Sturges or Miss Neil.

Monitoring attendance

We do fully understand that some absences may include times when children are unwell and therefore unavoidable but it is important that we all work together to try and ensure that our children have the best possible chance of success whilst at school.

  • The school is obliged to monitor attendance regularly and if attendance drops below 90%, reminder letters are generated and sent out to families

  • If attendance does not improve, the school is obliged to make a referral to the Education Welfare Service who will take the relevant action


If you experience any difficulties with regards to attendance, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss ways in which we can help you. Please be reassured that your child’s well-being is our top priority and we are always willing to support you in any way we can.


Thank you for your continued support.

Lucy Wandless

Executive Head teacher

Godolphin, Garras & Sithney Schools