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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY


Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Welcome to Our School
  2. About Our School
  3. Attendance


The school expects attendance of at least 97%.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed two whole terms of learning. Here are some other interesting facts:

Attendance %

Absence per week/fortnight

Absence per year 

Absence over 5 year period 


Half day

2 weeks

Quarter of a year


Half day weekly

4 weeks

Half a year


One and half days fortnightly

6 weeks

Three quarters of year


One day weekly

8 weeks

One year


Two and half days fortnightly

10 weeks

One and quarter years


One and half days weekly

12 weeks

One and half years


Three and half days fortnightly

14 weeks

One and three quarter years


Two days weekly

16 weeks

Two years


Four and half days fortnightly

18 weeks

Two and a quarter years


Two and half days weekly

20 weeks

Two and half years


The table below highlights how important punctuality is.

Daily lateness 

Equates to... 

 5 minutes late

 3 days lost per school year

 10 minutes late

 6.5 days lost per school year

 15 minutes late

 10 days lost per school year

 20 minutes late

 13 days lost per school year

 30 minutes late

 19 days lost per school year


Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law.

Drighlington Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours. Our Attendance Policy applies to all children registered at this school and the full can be found on the Policy section of our website.

Our approach and expectations adhere to the relevant Children Acts, Education Acts, Regulations and Guidance from the Department for Education in addition to guidance from the Local Authority. Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Head teacher and Governors at our school work together with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported to develop good attendance habits.

We aim to:

  • Improve pupils’ achievement by ensuring high levels of attendance and punctuality.
  • Achieve a minimum of 97% attendance for all children, apart from those with chronic health issues.
  • Create an ethos in which good attendance and punctuality are recognised as the norm and seen to be valued by the school.
  • Raise awareness of parents, carers and pupils of the importance of uninterrupted attendance and punctuality at every stage of a child’s education.
  • Ensure that our policy applies to Nursery and Reception aged children in order to promote good habits at an early age.
  • Work in partnership with pupils, parents, staff and the Attendance Improvement Officer and Service so that all pupils realise their potential, unhindered by unnecessary absence.
  • Promote a positive and welcoming atmosphere in which pupils feel safe, secure, and valued, and encourage in pupils a sense of their own responsibility.
  • Establish a pattern of monitoring attendance and ensure consistency in recognising achievement and dealing with difficulties.
  • Recognise the key role of all staff, but especially class teachers, in promoting good attendance.

We urge all families to support us with these aims so that the children in our school have the best possible opportunities to meet their full potential.

Thank you for your continued support.