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Life only provides one chance to gain a childhood education. The process raises achievement and enhances success in later years. Failure to attend school results in missed opportunities disrupts a child’s education and impacts on his/her long-term attainment and life-chances.

As a result of this, Biggin Hill primary school is very proactive in ensuring good attendance. We work closely with parents on matters relating to attendance.

Persistent and unexplained absences are followed-up by the school’s attendance officers and the Education Welfare Officer. Good attendance is encouraged through a comprehensive and effective reward system.

Authorised absences 

These are absences where there are genuine reasons for a child being off school. In most cases this is for an illness which would mean attending school would make that illness worse or could be passed on to other children.

Unauthorised absences 

These are absences where there is no justifiable reason as to why a child is absent. This also includes children who are regularly absent, even if a call is made to the office giving a reason.

If a child has 20 unauthorised absences in a term a letter is sent to parents informing them that they face the possibility of a fine if attendance does not improve. This fine is the same as the one issued for term-time holidays.


Whilst we appreciate that most parents and carers understand the importance of punctuality and do their best to get their children to school in time for the bell, we are currently trying to work with parents and carers who find it difficult to get their children to school on time. Please ensure that your children are at school for 8.55am (doors open at 8.50am).

Please note that children with regular lateness to school in the mornings will not be entered into the prize draw if the time adds up to more than sixty minutes in a half term. It would be unfair for lateness that adds up to so much school time to not be taken into account when we do our attendance traffic light letters.

More information regarding attendance can be found in our attendance policy – Attendance Policy