Attendance Policy




"There is a clear relationship between absence from school and poor attainment”

Source: Department for Education

“Higher levels of attainment are associated with greatly reduced levels of absence”

Source: National Foundation for Educational Research.


Outstanding attendance is essential if our pupils are to achieve their full potential. Toynbee School promotes the benefits of excellent attendance and punctuality and we will consistently strive to provide an environment where all students feel valued and welcome.  Therefore we will always work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all our pupils

Am I responsible for my child’s attendance at school?

The Law states that: “Parents/Carers are legally required to secure full-time education for children of compulsory school age.  A child registered at school must attend regularly and punctually.”

Children with a good school attendance record are setting themselves up for a better future when they leave school. It is important that pupils have good attendance and are punctual. In order to ensure this, it is important that parents reinforce the school’s expectations. Employers want staff who are reliable, so it is in your interest to make sure that your child has a good school attendance record.

Authorised Absences from School:

Illness:  Parents should follow the school's illness procedures and contact the school as soon as possible on the first day and each subsequent day, that your child is ill. You will be expected to provide medical evidence for absence of seven days or more.  Medical Evidence could constitute an appointment letter, prescription, doctor’s note or a stamped and completed Toynbee Medical Authorisation form.

Medical Appointments:  Parents should try to arrange appointments during school holidays, at weekends or after school hours. Naturally, there will be times when this isn't possible but Parents should try to give as much advance warning as possible and bring the appointment letter or card into school.

Religious Festivals & Absence for Exceptional Circumstances:  Where possible, please make any applications for absence in advance. A maximum of three days will be considered for religious observance only. All absences of this nature will be at the discretion of the Headteacher.

Absence Requests:  All requests for should be sent to the relevant Guidance Manager in the first instance. In all cases, it is the Headteacher’s discretion whether to authorise any absence from school.

Guidance from Hampshire County Council:

Every day counts - your Child's attendance matters! 

Behaviour and attendance guidance for parents/carers

​Information on Penalty Notices for non-attendance at school