Absence from School

Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. The Government’s target for attendance for Primary School Pupils is at least 95%.

How does your child’s attendance compare with this target?

The table below indicates how just a few days absence can result in children missing a significant number of lessons. It has been proven that children who miss a lot of school achieve less.

Effects of Non-Attendance:

Attendance during School year Equates to days absent Which is approximately Which means the number of lessons missed
94% 10 days 2 weeks 50 lessons
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons
85% 29 days 6 weeks 150 lessons
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons
75% 48 days 10 weeks 250 lessons
70% 57 days 11½ weeks 290 lessons
65% 67 days 13½ weeks 340 lessons


Late Arrival at School

When a child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

The table below indicates how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others. Please help children in your care to be punctual.

Effects of Late Arrival at School:

Minutes Late Per day Equates to days of teaching lost in one year Which means this  number of lessons missed
5 Minutes 3½ days 17 lessons
10 minutes 7 days 35 lessons
15 Minutes 10½ days 52 lessons
20 Minutes 14 days 70 lessons
25 Minutes 21 days 104 lessons

Medway Council’s Children Missing in Education Guidance can be found here


To view Hoo St Werburgh Primary School & Marlborough Centre Attendance Policy please click on this link