Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that children attend regularly and punctually, and that holidays in term time are avoided.


If your child is unwell, please contact the school office by 9.30am at the latest on 01252 724562.

Attendance is monitored daily - where the school has not received a reason for absence, this will be followed up by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 


Children who attend school regularly benefit from school routines and strategies, which in turn, supports them in making positive progress.

The success of our young people at The Ridgeway depends on us all working together to support their education, and one of the ways that we can do this, is to promote access to and attendance at school.

Parents, carers and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all. It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children.

We do however understand that some of our children with complex medical needs may have more illness than their peers and as such will not be able to achieve 100% attendance. Where this is the case, school will work in partnership with families to maximise learning opportunities and prioritise progress against appropriate individual outcomes.

In recognition of good attendance, and the impact that this can have on your child progress. Certificates are awarded termly for children attaining attendance of 92% and above.

We aim to support as many children as possible to strive towards 100% attendance. 


We monitor attendance on a daily, weekly and half termly basis.

If your child is not in school for more than two days in a period of two weeks, you will be contacted and invited to an Attendance meeting to see how we can work together with parents / carers to improve Attendance. 

Attendance below 90% is monitored by the Inclusion Officer (IO) and parents may be invited to attend an Attendance Panel meeting.  In more serious cases, the IO may issue a Penalty Notice fine or commence court proceedings.