Attendance & Punctuality
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At Godwin Junior School we passionately believe that all of our children deserve the very best education, every day of the school year. In line with national studies, our own school data demonstrates that there is a clear link between a child's attendance and his or her attainment and progress.
In line with Newham Local Authority policy, we have refused requests for leave during term time, except in exceptional circumstances, for a number of years. In order to help us ensure that our children achieve the very best that they are able to, the Governing Board has agreed that from September 2018 all requests for holiday absence during term time will continue to be declined and that parents/carers who take their child out of school for this reason will be subject to a Penalty Notice, issued by the Local Authority. This position is similar to other local schools.
* Persistent absence was previously deemed as being above 15% i.e. the child was in school for less than 85% of the time.
From September 2015 the government changed this definition to being above 10% i.e. the child is in school for less than 90% of the time. The consequence of this is that children whose attendance is between 90% and 85% are now classed as 'persistent absentees' whereas they would previously not have been included in this category.