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‘Every School Day Counts’, and we congratulate our students whose attendance is 100%.  As a school we expect and hope that each of our students will have at least 96% attendance.

Government research suggests that:

  • 90% attendance in one school year equates to 4 whole weeks of lessons missed
  • 90% attendance over 5 years of Secondary School equates to half an Academic School year missed
  • 17 missed school days a year equates to one GCSE grade DROP in achievement.
  • The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement!

Attendance Guidelines

Holidays should not be taken in term time, very exceptional circumstances for absence will be considered.  An absence form must be completed at least 3 weeks before absence is taken. A copy of the form is available to download below, or a hardcopy can be obtained from Main Reception.

Medical appointments should be made before or after school, preferably in the school holidays, if this is impossible students should not require the whole day off.

Absence due to Illness must be reported on a daily basis on the student absence line 0118 9427337 option 1, unless you know your child is going to absent for more than one day then please state the day of return.

Little Heath School follows West Berkshire Local Authority policy on absence during term time. In short, absence during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If you have any queries about attendance, please do not hesitate to contact our Attendance Officer Mrs Kink on

A copy of the Absence Request form is available to download below.