Every School Day Counts!  

We place great emphasis on excellent attendance!

To be successful at school and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that school can offer, your child should aim to attend school for 100% of the time and arrive on time to school and lessons every single day. 

In order to support your child in attending 100% of the time and reaching their full potential we request that whenever possible medical appointments are made outside of their school day, as losing time during the school day will impact upon their overall attendance figure and also hinder their progress.

















Absences: (information for Parents/Carers)

If your child is too ill to attend school, we ask that parents/carers contact school on the first day of absence wherever possible before 8.35am on  01942 728651 or send a message to school via Arbor.  We ask to receive updates from parents/carers until your child returns to school.  If we do not receive an explanation for a child's absence, parents/carers will be contacted via text and/or by phone requesting a reason for the absence.  Until we have been updated with a viable reason for the absence, it will be recorded as Unauthorised.  

Is my child is too ill to attend school? NHS Advice

Requesting Time out of school during term-time

By law, you are legally responsible for ensuring your child receives full time education, and government legislation states that schools are unable to authorise any term time holidays as outlined below. 

Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school (see the Education Penalty Notice Information Below). There will be gaps in your child’s learning and education, that will impact upon their progress in the long term, making it difficult for them to catch up on work when they return.

The school closes for 70 days during the year, providing plenty of opportunities for holidays to be taken when it has the least impact upon your child’s education.  Any parent wanting to take a holiday during term time should apply in writing to the Headteacher, Mr Dumican.  Each application will be considered on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter, of the outcome.  However, we should inform you that it is highly unusual for leave of absence to be granted for holidays during term time.  Any holiday or leave from school, taken without the headteacher’s permission, will be unauthorized and legal action may be sought from the Local Authority.


Where can I get support to help my child attend school?

Children may struggle to attend school for a wide range of reasons.  If your child is struggling to attend school, we can help to support you with this by exploring the reasons and discussing what help can be put in place to overcome the barriers they are facing.  If the barriers to your child’s attendance are in school – such as they are having friendship problems – we can help you with this. 

Our Attendance Officer is: Miss Diane Kelly and Attendance Admin Assistant is: Mrs Jayne Joughin.

To contact: Email: attendance@arrowsmith.wigan.sch.uk















There is a lot of help available from various sources (see links below), but we would always ask that you speak to us in the first instance.


The link to our Attendance Policy is below, but this table shows the different stages of the Attendance 'triggers' and what support will be implemented to help your child to become a 'Good' or 'Regular' attender.

Attendance Policy

Term Time Absence Request Form

Education Penalty Notice




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