Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy


For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils/students and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school so successful.

Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents 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. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital your child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff, and future aspirations depend on good attendance.

Good attendance is important because:

• statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%

• regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically

• regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with

• regular attenders find learning more satisfying

• regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.

Our full attendance policy can be found here

Term dates can be found here

2023/24 Attendance Warning Letter

Advice from DFE regarding illnesses


Information about Fixed Penalty Notices and the Fast Track to Prosecution Service can be found on the Norfolk School Attendance Website

A staged intervention pathway for promoting good school attendance

Attendance demographics report Autumn 2023

Attendance Statistics for 2022-23