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Attendance is a priority at Lumbertubs Primary School, we believe that excellent attendance and punctuality leads to better outcomes for our pupils. 

Good attendance is essential if we are to give children the best possible chance of success. Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school. It will set them up with good routines for later life and the working world, as well as giving them the opportunity to:

  • Make friends and feel included
  • Learn new things and develop skills
  • Increase their confidence and self esteem
  • Improve social skills and achieve their potential

Attendance matters! It is important that your child gets to school on time and aims for 100% attendance!

The chart below identifies the possible amount of lost learning due to poor attendance. How does your child compare? Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life.

Nationally primary pupil attendance is around 96%. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 188 out of 195 days (no more than 7 days absence across the whole year) to meet national expectation.

Attendance during the school year

Equals this number of days absent

Which is approximately this many weeks absent


5 days

1 week


14 days

2 weeks and 4 days

The percentage below now means your child is persistently absent


20 days

4 weeks


30 days

6 weeks


40 days

8 weeks


60 day

10 weeks


Every lesson missed impacts on the rest of your child’s learning and your child has to work harder at closing the gap between themselves and their peers