Where are you on the Gainsborough Attendance Traffic Lights?

Green – 98% and above

Great work.  Excellent,
Keep it up!

Amber – 95.1% – 97.9%

Almost where you need to be.
Some improvement needed.

Red – Below 95%

Serious Cause for Concern
You are in the DANGER Zone

Why is regular school attendance so important?

Gainsborough Primary School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.

Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a Penalty Notice Charge or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following: their learning, their friendships, their self-esteem and confidence.

We work in partnership with Newham’s Attendance Management Service to monitor the attendance of every child in our school.  We will work with and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.  We also endeavour to provide support to families to help overcome barriers in improving attendance.

90% attendance may seem as though it sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week;
  • nearly four weeks every school year; and
  • over one school year in a school career!

Our school's target for the 2016 / 2017 school year is 95.8%.
Together we can achieve it.

Letting us Know

If your child is absent from school please ring the Office on 0207 476 3533 before 9:15am to let us know.



Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important consolidation work as well as the start of the lesson. Can we also remind parents and carers that the school gates are open from 8:40am. School starts at 8.50am, children arriving after this time will be marked as late.  The school day finishes at 3:15pm. Please ensure your child is collected promptly.

Attendance Management

At Gainsborough Primary School we like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Every week the class with the best attendance wins the Attendance Cup. Attendance is also celebrated termly during assemblies, individual children are awarded certificates and special wristbands in recognition of their achievement. The class with the highest attendance at the end of a term are rewarded with a collective class prize. Individual children who achieve 100% attendance for the entire school year are presented with a certificate, badge and gold wristband. Their names are also added to our ‘Wall of Fame’ which is displayed in school and on the website.

Attendance is monitored and reviewed on a weekly basis.  If your child has unauthorised absences and their attendance falls below our school’s expectation of (above) 95%, a warning letter will be issued; we may also invite parents / carers into school to discuss how we can work together to improve attendance.  If we have serious concerns regarding unauthorised absences we may request extra support and make a referral to Newham’s Attendance Management Service. 

Holidays in Term Time

Holidays within term time will not be authorised and you will be liable for a Penalty Notice Charge. This is a Government expectation as well as a Newham and School one.