At Barnwell Academy, we have high expectations of attendance from all pupils. We strive for every child to be in school every day. Regular attendance is essential to ensure children reach their potential both academically and socially.

Promoting excellent attendance is the responsibility of the whole school community including children, parents, staff and Governors.

Barnwell Academy will:

  • promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence
  • ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled
  • differentiate between authorised and unauthorised absence in order to act early to address patterns of absence
  • keep parents fully informed of their child’s attendance/punctuality record providing 3 reports a year
  • Follow up unexplained absences
  • contact parents on the first day, by 9:15am, when a student fails to attend school
  • take timely action on any attendance or punctuality problem notified to us and involve appropriate outside agencies in order to support children and their families 


Children will:

  • aim to achieve 100% attendance each academic year
  • attend school daily
  • arrive on time and be appropriately prepared for the day
  • tell a member of staff about any problem or reason that may prevent them from attending school


Parents will:

    • support the Academy and their child in aiming for 100% attendance each academic year
    • ensure their child attends school daily and on time (by 8:55 am each morning)
    • ensure that their child attends school dressed in accordance with the school uniform policy
    • notify the school before 9:15 am of any absence
    • avoid taking their child out of school for non-urgent medical or dental appointments
    • provide evidence of any absence due to clinical hospital, dental appointments
    • send a written note to confirm the reason for any absence
    • only request leave of absence if it is for an exceptional circumstance
    • ensure the school has updated contact numbers
    • will actively work with the school staff and relevant multi-agency staff



For more information please read our full Attendance and Punctuality Policy.


Class Attendance Weekly Winners

  • 8th September:                                        Year 6 & Year 2                                                             100%
  • 15th September:                                       Year 6                                                                              100%
  • 22nd September:                                     Year 4 and Year 1                                                         100%
  • 29th September:                                      Year 1                                                                                100%
  • 6th October:                                              Year 1                                                                              99.3%
  • 13th October                                              Year 6                                                                             99.3% 
  • 20th October                                             Year 3                                                                             97.9%
  • 3rd November                                          Year 1 & Year 3                                                              100%
  • 10th November                                         Year 3                                                                             97.9%
  • 17th November                                          Year 4                                                                            98.7%  
  • 24th November                                         Year 1                                                                             98.7%
  • 1st December                                             Year 4                                                                            97.9%
  • 8th December                                            Year 6                                                                           99.4%
  • 15th December                                           Year 1                                                                            99.0%
  • 22nd December                                         Year 6                                                                           98.1%
  • 12th January                                                Year 5                                                                            100%
  • 19th January                                                Year 4                                                                           97.4%
  • 26th January                                            Year 4 & Year 5                                                         97.9%