Bolsover Church of England Junior School

Bolsover Church of England Junior School

With Faith, Hope and Love, we grow together.

Horsehead Lane, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6XH.

01246 822324


Attendance & Absence at Bolsover Church of England Junior School.


'Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is
an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend
school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children
vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both
primary and secondary school.'

(School Attendance
Guidance for Maintained Schools,
Academies, Independent Schools and
Local Authorities. DfE July 2019)

Our School Day.

Our school day starts at 8.55am and school finishes at 3.30pm.

Everyone is welcome at Breakfast Club from 8:30am every morning, where a large array of scrumptious delights are available for a small donation.

Children are welcomed into school from 8:45am and we have found this to have a positive affect on settling the children prior to the start of the school day.

We expect pupils to arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day.

Please note: The above timings may have changed in line with the Covid-19 re-opening plan and risk assessment.


It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education and reach their full potential.

We aim for all our students to achieve 97% and above attendance in school and for our whole school attendance to be 97%, which is above the national average of 96%.

As parents / carers, you have a legal obligation to ensure your child attends and remain in school. We do appreciate that there are times when children cannot attend school due to illness or other circumstances.

Policy and Guidance.

Attendance Policy

Due to school closures as a result of COVD-19, an Attendance Addendum is in place from January 2021 until 8th March 20201. This can be found here: Attendance Policy Addendum

Pupil with Health Needs Unable to Attend School

Penalty Notices - Advice for Parents and Carers.

School Attendance - The Law - September 2019.

Government National Attendance Statistics.

School Attendance, Guidance for Maintained Schools, Academies,  Independent Schools and Local Authorities. DfE July 2019

Derbyshire County Council School Term Dates


Attendance Lead.

The Attendance lead in school is Mrs Amanda Slaney. 

Telephone: 01246 822324, or via our school email at

Leave of Absence from School.

All requests for a leave of absence in term time should be made three weeks in advance by completing the ‘Leave of Absence Request Form’, which is available from the school reception.

Please be aware that absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions about Attendance.

Q. What is a good attendance percentage?

A: Ideally, we would like pupil’s attendance to be as close to 100% as possible but understand that at times, we all get sick. The national average attendance rate for school attendance is 96% so anything above this would be classed as good attendance.

Q.  What is poor attendance?

A. Anything below 96% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success and reaching their full potential. It makes it harder for your child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.

Q. What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 96%?

A. We monitor pupil’s attendance every week, every term and every year. If your child’s attendance becomes a concern, we will send you a letter informing you of their attendance and that we are monitoring it. We will work with you to support you in improving your child’s attendance at school. Unfortunately, if your child’s attendance does not improve you may be invited to an Attendance Meeting at the school and may receive a Penalty Notice due to your child’s persistent absence from school.

Q. Isn't my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for trips?

A. No.

Parents have a legal obligation to ensure that their child receives efficient full-time education. We strongly urge parents to avoid taking family holidays during term-time as school can only approve leave in ‘exceptional circumstances’.


Term-time holidays are NOT classed as exceptional circumstances.

If you decide to take your child out of school during term-time and your leave has been unauthorised by the Headteacher, you will be served with a penalty notice by Derbyshire County Council Education Welfare Office.  A fine of £120 per pupil per adult will be issued and should be paid within 28 days. If the fine is paid within 21 days, the payment reduces to £60 per pupil per adult.

Did you know there are 175 non-school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc.?

Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?

A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are classified as genuine illnesses. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school. The school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child's attendance.

Q. What should I do if my child is absent?

A. Contact the school on the first day and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence. You can do this by texting the School Absence Line on 07746112830 or by telephoning the school reception on 822324. If your child is absent with no reason provided, school will contact you to carry out a health and well-being check, which may include a home visit.

Q. What should I do if my child has a medical appointment?

A. When you know in advance that your child will be absent from school for a medical appointment, it would be helpful to let school know before the date of the appointment. You can do this in person, by telephone or via Class Dojo. However, we do request that routine medical appointments and dental appointments are booked out of school hours. We do understand that specialist appointments are allocated with little option but we would appreciate every effort is made to ensure your child does not miss any of their time at school.

Q. Do you require proof of medical and dental appointments in school time?

We will request proof of any appointment such as an appointment card or letter. Please respect that we are required to ask for proof by the Local Authority, as without evidence your child’s absence will not be authorised.

Q. Will my child be rewarded for their good attendance?

Yes. Every week the class with the highest attendance wins the Attendance Trophy and is awarded an additional 15 minutes play time. At the end of each term, the children who have achieved 100% Attendance are recognised in Collective Worship and awarded a certificate. At the end of the school year, the children with an attendance of 100% all year are entered into a prize draw for lots of amazing prizes.

School Data

The national target for schools is to have whole school attendance over 96%.

Our school whole school target for attendance is 97%

Our attendance figures for the academic year 2020-21 are 93.19% (93%). (Figures include Covid-19 closure data).

Our attendance figures for the academic year 2019-20 are 95.88% (96%). (Figures apply from September to Covid-19 closure).

Our attendance figures for the academic year 2018-19 were 96.99% (97%).

Weekly Attendance Data 



Turtle Class %
Giraffe Class %
Dolphin Class %
Orang-Utan Class %
Sea Otter Class %
Cheetah Class %
Jaguar Class %
Tiger Class %
Leopard Class %
Lion Class %
Red Panda Class %



Cumulative whole school attendance from September 2021 is:

This weeks whole school attendance is: 


Congratulations to our weekly Attendance winners ... 

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