Good school attendance is crucial to support children's learning. The Department for Education say there is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement.

The minimum target for attendance is 96%. An attendance percentage of between 96 and 98% is considered good, and attendance above 98% is considered excellent.

Minerva Primary School is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our pupils. Therefore we ask our parents and carers to support us by ensuring their children's full attendance at school except in cases of genuine illness. Pupils should attend school on every day the school is open, unless they are really not well enough to.

Minor ailments should not be a reason for staying at home. If your child attends school when feeling slightly under the weather, do let a member of staff know and we will monitor them and contact you if we think they need to go home. If you aren’t sure whether or not to send your child to school, please contact the school office on 01823 337051 and we will be happy to advise. There is also a very helpful resource on the NHS website:

For the DfE statutory guidance on school attendance please click on the following link:

There is also a helpful attendance guide for parents which can be downloaded below.


Holiday during Term Time

Pupils are not allowed to take holiday in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is very rare that any holiday would be authorised. Good attendance is key to pupils making good progress and taking time out to go on holiday can significantly hamper progress. Therefore, we request that no child takes holiday during term time.

If you do need to request term time leave in exceptional circumstances, please visit the school office for a request form.

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