Why does it matter?

Regular attendance at school means that your child can make the most of their education and improve their chances in adult life.

School can also help your child’s social skills such as making and developing friendships. A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.

The link between attendance and attainment in school is clear. The more a pupil is in school the more they increase their opportunity to fulfil their potential.

How can I help my child attend school regularly?

  • Talk to your child about school
  • Take a positive interest in your child's learning
  • Keep in touch with school staff
  • Contact school on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend for whatever reason
  • Attend parents' evenings and other school events

What we are doing?

At Goresbrook School we are working hard to identify early concerns and issues which may be affecting your child’s attendance.

  • we continuously promote the importance of good attendance throughout the school
  • we have robust monitoring processes in place
  • we ensure extensive support is offered to those who experience difficulties with punctuality and/or attendance

In addition to the above, we will now introduce termly attendance updates for parents/carers. A letter will be sent home at the end of each term which will contain your child’s current attendance percentage, this will not only keep you informed, but also give you the opportunity to discuss any queries. You will continue to receive a copy of your child’s attendance certificate at the end of the academic year.

What does our attendance say about our school?

The recent Ofsted report notes “Attendance is slightly above average in both the primary and secondary sections.” This demonstrates how Goresbrook provides a stimulating and enjoyable environment for our children and that most importantly; the children want to be here.

As parents and carers, we ask that you continue to support us in promoting the importance of good attendance by ensuring your child attends school regularly.

Reporting Absence

If your child is unable to attend school, you must notify us by 8am in writing. The school should be updated on each and every day of absence.


Text details of your child’s absence to 07587 035391


Please send any absence related emails to primaryattendance@goresbrookschool.org.uk