It is through good attendance that pupils maximise their full potential, enhancing their life chances for the future.

Missing school means missing out on learning and this can have an impact on a child’s development and attainment. There is a strong statistical link between attendance and attainment. Our attendance target is 95%.

The law states that children of statutory school age who are on roll at a school or academy must attend regularly and punctually. Regular attendance is important, because it is the best way of ensuring children make the most of the educational opportunities available to them.

Attendance Matters

Attendance = Number of days absent Approximate number of weeks = Number of lessons missed
90% 19 days 4 weeks 114 lessons
85% 29 days 6 weeks 174 lessons
80% 38 days 8 weeks 228 lessons


Longdean operates a “first day response system”; if your child is absent through illness, please telephone your Pastoral Manager or email the School Office by no later than 9:30am on each day of absence. Please email or telephone at the start of every day of absence to keep us informed.


Medical Appointments

For medical appointments, the School Office or Pastoral Manager should be notified as soon as possible or please email into


Unauthorised Absence

If we do not hear from you, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised. If you are unable to contact us by phone or email then please send a note in with your child to hand to Student Services upon their return. We will request medical verification or evidence if your child is absent from school for five consecutive days or more.

If you are having issues getting your child to school please contact us and select the Attendance option for advice and support. You may find the following websites useful:


Attendance Policy

Attendance policy (Scholars' Education Trust policies)