High student attendance is a prerequisite if students are to fulfil their potential while at school. Attendance which falls below 95% seriously affects students’ learning; their outcomes and consequently their future life chances.

- Regular attendance promotes the effective and continuous learning of all students.

- Regular attendance promotes positive friendships and well-being.

- Failing to attend school on a regular basis is a safeguarding matter.

- Good habits of attendance and punctuality will assist to develop self-discipline and responsibility in preparation for future employment.

If you achieve 100% attendance =190 days - This still gives you 175 days of holiday.


Lateness = Lost Learning = Minutes amount to days

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their son arrives at the school punctually. Students should arrive at the school for no later than 8.25am. Registration begins at 8.35am and teachers electronically take the first register of the day. Students must report to reception to sign in if they arrive after the registration bell. Late arrivals without a legitimate reason will be given an after school detention. If a student needs to leave school early, he needs to bring a note to show his teacher and make sure he shows the note to reception and signs out when they leave.

Minutes lost each day

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

20 minutes

30 minutes

Days lost per school year

3 days

6.5 days

10 days

13 days

19 days

Being late 10 mins every day for one year is equal to 33 hours - approximately 6 days!

Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school you should:

  • Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence, preferably before 9.00am. Please make sure you state your child’s name, form group and the reason for absence.
  • Continue to notify the school every day that your child is absent.

If your child is absent we will:

  • Telephone or text you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer if attendance becomes an issue.
  • The Education Welfare Officer may visit you at home to discuss absences.
  • In addition to this, we may refer the matter to the courts if attendance moves below 90%.

Good Attendance

What does your child's percentage attendance mean? Parents/carers often become confused about what good attendance is. As a school our target attendance percentage is 96%.

Attendance Percentage






Days missed over a school year

0 Days missed

10 Days missed

20 Days missed

30 Days missed

35 Days missed

Research has shown that 17 days absence in a year results, on average, in a drop of one grade at GCSE

Reasons for absence

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason and that are permitted under government guidelines such as: illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable causes. Medical and dental appointments, where possible, should be made for after school or during school holidays. The school understands that this isn’t always possible but students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave" has been given. This type of absence can lead to the school and the Education Welfare Officer using sanctions and/or legal proceedings. This includes:

  • Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • Truancy before or during the school day
  • Absences which have never been properly explained
  • Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
  • Shopping, looking after other children, birthdays or interpreting for parents
  • Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed.
  • Continuing absences with no medical evidence provided


Taking your son out of school during term time could be detrimental to your son’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. They will also miss 50 hours of education.

There is NO entitlement for parents to take their son out of school during term time. However, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.

If the absence is not authorised and the holiday/leave of absence is taken any way, the case will be referred to the EWS Court who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.

Lordswood Boys' School Hagley Road Harborne Birmingham B17 8BJ

Tel:0121 464 2837


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