DfE – Moments Matter, Attendance Counts

Department for Education launched a national campaign – Moments Matter, Attendance Counts – to remind families of the importance of student attendance at school.

Research shows that lower attendance leads to lower attainment outcomes for pupils at both Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) –

  • Data from the 2022-2023 academic year for the end of Key Stage 2 shows that 71% of pupils who had 99% attendance or above achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to only 50% of pupils with 90% attendance
  • This drops to only 42% of children achieving the expected standards with 85% attendance
  • Equally, at Key Stage 4, pupils who missed less than 1% of sessions across Year 10 and 11 had an average Progress 8 score of +0.73, while those who missed 50% of sessions or more had an average score of -2.83.4

For some families, the challenges around attendance are very real and there are significant barriers preventing children from coming into school. If you are struggling and need support, please contact the school and we will work with you to put a plan in place.

Ultimately, as parents, carers and teachers, we all want the best for our children. At Wombridge Primary School, we will always strive to place them at the heart of everything we do. Please help us to do our very best for them by ensuring they come to school each day.

School Attendance

At Wombridge Primary School, we believe that attending school regularly is vitally important to your child’s future. If your child is absent from school they will obviously be missing lessons and learning opportunities. National research has proven that children who miss school frequently will fall behind with their schoolwork, which has a negative impact on exam performance and can lead to poor social skills and friendship issues.  Children who are persistently absent from school are also at increased risk of becoming involved with anti-social behaviour and crime.

We believe that every student should strive to achieve 100% attendance, and robust systems are in place to support families and children in achieving this goal. We reward our students for outstanding attendance in a number of ways, to promote a strong work ethic and prepare our students for life beyond school.  We want to maximise the future chances for all students.

Our Safeguarding and Inclusion Manager will work closely with others in the team to monitor student attendance, support families and implement our systems that challenge poor attendance.

Useful information on attendance

Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, and there are no exceptional circumstances for an absence, you are at risk of being issued with a penalty notice or being prosecuted in court.


If a school identifies a child as having low attendance, letters expressing their concern will be sent by the school and to ask parents to get in touch. The Educational Welfare Attendance Service within the local authority will also be notified.

Within the letter, the school may request a meeting to advise parents of legal responsibilities, and examine any issues that may be causing poor attendance and draw up an action plan to improve the situation. If parents do not attend this meeting, the Attendance Leader will offer a home visit to discuss any concerns.

If there is no improvement in the child’s attendance, a legal meeting will be held. Following this, if there is still no improvement, legal proceedings may follow.


How we monitor attendance

We monitor attendance on a daily, weekly, termly and yearly basis. Our attendance team work closely with the local Education Welfare Officer to ensure there are high levels of attendance at Wombridge. We recognise there can be relationships between poor attendance and behaviour, which we closely monitor.