Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

01229 824210

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience



 Every child of compulsory school age has a right to full-time education. It is the responsibility of the parents/carers to ensure that their child attends school regularly. At Chetwynde School, we will work with parents/carers and students to ensure that all students attend regularly and therefore fulfil their potential.  


The whole school target for attendance is: 96%


Persistent Absence from School

Please be aware that any students whose attendance is lower than 90% is classified as “persistent absence”, this is an expectation which is set by the Department for Education (DFE).


Tracking Attendance

Students are notified weekly what their level of attendance is.  Attendance levels will be displayed in form rooms.

100%                Attendance is an Excellent

99%-96%         Attendance is a   Good

95%-90%         Attendance is a  Concern

Below 90%     Attendance is a  Serious Concern


Why regular attendance is so important

Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling, and consistent absence will seriously affect their learning. Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution. 


Children who attend school regularly do better in school, and there is a clear link between high levels of attendance and better achievement. Government (DFE) research suggests that 16 days absence or 92% attendance in any one year equals a full GCSE grade drop in attainment.


Communication with Parents/Carers

Over the course of the academic year parents may find themselves receiving letters regarding attendance for the following reasons:

  • 100% attendance
  • Attendance lower than 95% (First half term)
  • Attendance certificates will be sent home every term
  • Attendance lower than 90%

If attendance drops lower than 80% after the first full term.  The school will contact Nicky Braund-Smith who is the Furness and South Lakes Inclusion Officer in terms of attendance in schools, for further assistance in improving your child’s attendance.


The School Day

The school day begins at 8.30 am (KS3 in the playground and KS4 in the cloakrooms) at this point, the Heads of Key Stage and form tutors can distribute any important messages. The first lesson starts at 8.40 am, any students who miss the registration point will be marked as late. The start of the school day is a vital part of a child’s routine which impacts on the organisation and other important matters


Reporting Absence

If your child is going to be absent from school, you must inform the reason for the school attendance officer by calling 01229 824210 before 8:40 am and leave a message on the answerphone. Failure to report the reason for absence may result in the absence recorded as unauthorised. If your child is absent we will contact you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you.


Extended Leave of Absence

Comment from Mr Jefferson:

" Please note that due to government changes to regulations, I cannot authorise any holidays.  I can only authorise leave of absence under exceptional circumstances.  Please note, unauthorised leave could result in your child being excluded from any school rewards."


Under Government Regulations parents must apply to the Headteacher of their son/daughter’s school for permission to take children out of school during term time. The Headteacher may grant the request, in which case the absence would be authorised.

If you still wish to take your child out of school, please complete the leave of absence form from the school office, setting out proposed leave of absence dates and the reasons why leave is being proposed during term time.  The Headteacher will contact you if there is a problem allowing your child this leave of absence.  If this procedure is not followed the absence will be unauthorised


Improving Attendance

We are passionate about working closely with parents/carers. Parents/carers will be notified if their son/daughter’s attendance falls below the expected level, and intervention processes will begin. Parents/carers may be invited into school as part of this intervention process, and a plan will be devised in order to ensure that regular school attendance is secured.

Please take the time to read the whole school attendance policy for more information.  Alternatively, contact a member of the school attendance team via the school office.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s attendance please get in contact with Mr Swainson via email