Willows Academy works with parents to ensure that children enjoy coming to school.  

Attendance is a high priority for Willows Academy, we aim to have all children in school all the time. We understand that children are sometimes ill and will need to stay at home however, we will always work with children, parents and carers to ensure there is every chance of your child attending school every day.  

All staff work with parents to ensure that every child can reach their potential by attending school regularly. We are committed to supporting you in getting your child into school, on time and ready to learn.  

Our Senior Leadership Team at Willows Academy, monitors attendance of pupils and their punctuality. If you would like to speak any member of the team about your child’s attendance you can ring the Academy or contact them via the office e-mail. 

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System 


At Willows Academy our target is: 


Ask your child about the attendance in their class, each week the class with the highest attendance earns a prize! 

Did you know… 

96% attendance is: 

  • 8 days absence per year from school 
  • the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years 

95% attendance is: 

  • 10 days absence per year from school 
  • 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child’s primary school education 

90% attendance is: 

  • 19 days absence per year from school 
  • 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career. 


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Lateness not only affects your child’s education – it doesn’t allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class. 

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning. 

Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence 


Leave of Absence

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances.

We can no longer automatically accept letters from employers as a reason for approval, nor can we accept special offers, holidays as gifts or prizes as reasons to authorise the holiday.

We consider each request individually and cannot approve any leave retrospectively. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please contact our office team.

If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and you take your child out of school, or keep your child off longer than was agreed, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority may issue a penalty notice. The fine is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. Non-payment may result in the case being referred for prosecution through the magistrate’s court. 

To assist you with planning any holidays, please click here to view the Term Dates.

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