Attendance and Absence

Regular attendance at school is important and Redbridge is determined to improve attendance and to reduce unauthorised absence at all its schools. Since January 2007, Churchfields Junior School has adopted the Redbridge recommended Attendance Policy; absences will be authorised for a maximum of 3 days, and only granted for circumstances defined as exceptional by the policy, (not holidays).

Unauthorised Absence

Parents are advised that on the third day of any unauthorised absence, the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed and that you may be liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of up to £120. Unauthorised absence of 20 days or more may lead to a child being removed from the school roll.

Leave of Absence

All requests must be made before the absence and accompanied by a completed form (from the School Office). Please read our Attendance Policy for more details.


Please do not send your child to school if s/he is unwell, but phone the school on the first day of absence. If a child becomes unwell during the day we will contact you if they have a raised temperature, have been physically sick or obtained an injury that requires a hospital visit. Minor accidents and injuries are dealt with by a trained member of staff and recorded electronically using CPOMS. All accidents and injuries suffered at school requiring treatment at hospital are reported to and monitored by the Governing Body.


If your child has any ongoing medical condition or requires medication during the school day please contact the School Welfare Officer to discuss the matter in confidence.

Holiday Requests

Requests for holiday in term time will not be granted.

Contact Numbers

Keep your contact numbers up to date in case of emergency.

What chance does your child have of being successful?


Excellent chance of success


Better chance of success

Requires improvement

Less chance of success

Inadequate persistent absentee

Detrimental to life chances

Attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance.
  • Children with attendance above 96% make better progress, both socially and academically.
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying and have fewer gaps in their knowledge.
  • It is important to be on time as the children have a reading session at the start of every day. Missing a few minutes each day adds up and gives a child an unsettled start to their day.

Every moment in school counts

Every moment in school counts, and days missed add up quickly. Remember to book appointments outside of school hours as these count as absence.