What is a ‘persistent absence’ student?

If your child takes too much time off school they will become categorised as PA or persistently absent. (Attendance below 90% = persistent absence).

Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.

Don’t allow your child to become a PA student.

This table shows how many days missed each half–term will make your child a PA student:

The school year How many days off will make your child a persistent absence student?
Half-term 1 3 ½ days off school from September until October half-term holiday will make your child a PA student.
Half-term 1-2 7 days off school from September until the Christmas holiday will make your child a PA student.
Half term 1-3 10 days of absence from September until February half-term will make your child a PA student.
Half term 1-4 Half-term 1-3 12 ½ days of absence from September until the Easter holidays will make your child a PA student.
Half-term 1-5 15 ½ days of absence from September until May half-term will make your child a PA student.
Half-term 1-6 19 days of absence for the full academic year (September to end of summer term in July) will make your child a PA student.

 

Promoting excellent attendance to ensure that your child makes every minute of every lesson of everyday count.