Willow Grove, Milton Keynes, MK19 6AZ


Old Stratford Primary School

Attendance Information

Creating Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Everyone


The most important thing for us is that your child learns and makes progress. We also wish to ensure that they are happy in school and achieve their potential. The best way to achieve this is through regular attendance at school.

Sessions at Old Stratford Primary School, begin with registration at 8.55 am. The gates to the school will be locked at 9 am. Children that arrive at school after this time will be marked as late. Lunchtime is from 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm for all pupils. The afternoon session ends at 3.30 pm.

The law states that all school age children (between 5 & 16) must attend school. Parents are responsible for making sure their child attends school regularly and the Local Authority may take legal action if you fail to do this. This includes children arriving at school on time.

Attendance Percentages:

Research shows the significance of regular school attendance, this is summarised in the data below:

100% - 96% -Excellent attendance which will have a positive impact on your child's education.

95% - 90%Cause for concern which will have an impact on your child's education.

90% and below - Serious cause for concern which will have a detrimental impact on your child's education.


Attendance Percentage Numbers of sessions missed Equivalent number of days missed Equivalent number of weeks missed Equivalent number of lessons missed
100% 0 0 0 0
95% 19 9.5 2 48
90% 38 19 4 95
85% 57 28.5 6 143
80% 76 38 8 190
75% 95 47.5 9.5 238
70% 114 57 11.5 285


Please note that -

  • 17 school days missed = 91.1% attendance for the year
  • 34 school days missed = 82.1% attendance for the year
  • A 2 week holiday means you can't get more than 94.7% attendance that year
  • missing 15 minutes of school every day adds up to 9 whole days throughout the year

We hope that sharing the term dates as soon as they are available will help parents and carers plan any family holidays. The guidance from the Local Authority is not to authorise any holidays in term time. Legislation decrees that as of June 2016 the local authority will issue a fixed penalty notice (PN) for any unauthorised absences that are 10 sessions consecutive or within a 6 week period. The PN is issued per parent, per child with an invoice of up to £120

Should my child stay off school if they are ill?

Please see the following link to help guide you if your child becomes ill. Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Back to school week – Everything you need to know about school attendance - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)

School attendance and absence: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)