In order for the children to achieve the best at school it is vital that they attend school regularly and on time. At Birkbeck we put great emphasis on good attendance and our target is 97.2%. 

Absence from school will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances and requests should be made in writing accompanied by a leave of absence form which is available from the school office.  The request must be made at least 10 days before the absence is required.

Attendance during one school year Equals this number of days absent Which is equivalent to this many weeks absent Which means this number of lessons missed
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons
70% 57 days 11.5 weeks 290 lessons


If a child is taken out of school without permission the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

If the school have reason to believe that a child has been taken on holiday without making a request to the Head Teacher then this will also be recorded as unauthorised.


Attendance Policy

Birkbeck Primary School Absence Data

Letter explaining Term Time Absence