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Ysgol Gynradd Coed-y-Garn Primary School



We are fully committed in Coed-y-Garn Primary School to ensuring that all children have as many learning opportunities and experiences as possible. Regular attendance at school is one of the biggest factors in achieving this. The Blaenau-Gwent policy has more information on attendance, holidays, referrals to the Education Welfare Service, and Fixed Penalty Notices.          


Parents/carers can do a great deal to support the regular and punctual attendance of their children at school:


  • Start good habits early (arrive at school on time)
  • Inform the school on the first day and subsequent days of any illness or absence
  • Make it known that you don’t approve of poor attendance, lateness or truancy/ensure your children only miss school for authorised reasons such as illness or days specifically set aside for religious observance
  • Always send in notes to explain an absence
  • Avoid booking family holidays during term-time whenever possible
  • Attend parents' evenings and other school events (COVID19)
  • Read all letters your children bring home from school
  • Talk to the school or Education Welfare Service about any problems or difficulties you may be experiencing
  • Support school in encouraging good behaviour
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work and homework

An Attendance of below 80% means your child is missing on average one day per week!


Our Attendance Officer is Mrs Hampton

Our First Day Response Officer is Mrs Bainton

Our Attendance Governor is Mr Nutt

Our Education Welfare Officer is Mrs Lane



Callio - Every School Day Counts

The following table demonstrates the colour codes used by Callio to determine your child's attendance during the academic year. 1% over the course of the academic year is approximately 2 days.  



100%  Not missing any days 

99%  Missing about 2 days

98%  Missing about 4 days

97%  Missing about 6 days


96%  Missing about 8 days of school

It will be difficult to catch up on the lost learning from about 40 lessons 

95%  Missing about 2 weeks of school   

93%  Missing 14 days of school

This is almost three weeks which is a significant amount of education to lose


92% and below  Missing more than 3 weeks of education which has a detrimental effect on achievement and life chances



Frequently asked questions which will help to inform your decision and what could happen if you take your child out of school during term time for a holiday are listed below.


Does school have the authority to allow term time absence for holidays?

YES. However, parents/carers do not have an automatic right to withdraw pupils from school for a holiday and you must apply for permission in advance. Schools have a discretionary power to authorise up to 10 days absence during a school year for family holidays during term time if this is felt necessary.


Why is this decision made by the school?

Headteachers have access to all of the necessary information to make an informed decision. A Headteacher is able to consider individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis. A number of things will be taken into consideration, including the time of year, length of the holiday, the reason for the holiday, impact on learning, timing of exams or tests, family circumstances and the wishes of parents as well as the overall attendance and attainment of the child.


What happens if the Headteacher refuses to give permission?

If a Headteacher decides to refuse a parent/carer’s request for a holiday in term time and the parent/carer takes the child on holiday anyway, it would be marked as an “unauthorised absence”. Only schools, not parents/carers can authorise absence.


If the absence is unauthorised, will I be automatically issued a penalty notice?

NO. It would depend on the pupil’s previous absence record. Penalty notices are issued for failing to regularly attend school. Please refer to the Blaenau-Gwent website for further details.