Regular attendance at school is vital. Without it the learning process becomes fragmented and unsatisfactory; put simply: absence means missed learning. It is also a legal requirement that pupils of compulsory school age receive full-time education and this, with the exception of those educated at home or elsewhere, means regular attendance at school. Irregular attendance leads to pupils missing important lessons and therefore not fulfilling their true potential; it also places children at risk and may result in their being drawn into patterns of anti-social or criminal behaviour. Therefore we expect attendance at school to be 100% unless there are exceptional or unavoidable reasons for absence.
Attendance is a national priority and, like all schools Great Gidding CofE Primary School has to submit data electronically (both in an aggregated form and on an individual pupil basis) every term. It is a key indicator of an effective school and, as such will be scrutinised by OFSTED. National data clearly shows a correlation between high attendance and progress.