Students should be in the school every day. If you are not in the school then you must have a valid reason and a parent should have telephoned our Registration Office on 0151 652 1574 before 8.30 am on the first day of absence.  Absence messages should contain the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Tutor Group
  • Reason for absence
  • Possible length of time the student will be out of the school

PLEASE NOTE: The school will not authorise student absences for holidays taken in term time and parents are therefore encouraged to avoid making such arrangements.

Any absence affects the pattern of a child's education and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.  Every lesson matters in the school and students who have time off often find it difficult to catch up and do well.  For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and on time.  Your child should attend The Birkenhead Park School every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

The minimum level of attendance expected for all students at The Birkenhead Park School is 95% which is equivalent to no more than nine days absence per student per academic year. We will keep you informed of future projects or initiatives that will focus on improving attendance and how your child's attendance compares with government expectations.

There is a strong link between the number of days absence a student has and the qualifications that students achieve. Student absence can disrupt teaching routines and may affect the learning of others in the same class. Good attendance means:

  • A better chance of being successful in life
  • It is easier to make and keep friends
  • Not missing important lessons
  • Not setting bad behaviour patterns

Below is an illustration of how absence adversely affects learning:

Attendance during one school year

Equates to days absent

Which is approximately

Which means the number of lessons missed


10 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


48 days

10 weeks

250 lessons


57 days

11.5 weeks

285 lessons


67 days

13.5 weeks

355 lessons




Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their Form Tutor receiving vital information and news for the day. Students arriving late also disrupt lessons.  It can be embarrassing for the student arriving late and can encourage future absence.

The school day starts at 8.35 am and we expect all students to be in class at that time. The school recommends that students arrive at the school by 8.30 am.

Illness and absence from school

As a parent it is natural to want the best for your child and so you want to take care of them when they are ill. However, we know that sometimes parents keep their children away from school when they do not need to. The document below details our absence guidance for a variety of illnesses which we would ask parents to adhere to. Always notify the school if your child is absent due to illness and follow through with a note and any medical evidence explaining the reason for absence.

Unauthorised absence

If your child is absent we will:

  • Telephone or text you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you.
  • If your child's absences are increasing and we are not aware of a good reason, we will invite you into the school to discuss the situation with your child's Year Leader.
  • If the absence persists the Year Leader may refer the matter to the school Education Welfare Officer.
  • The school Education Welfare Officer will always try and resolve the situation by agreement with the family but, if other ways of trying to improve the student's attendance have failed and unauthorised absence persists, the Education Welfare Officer will use sanctions such as Fixed Penalty Notices.


Attendance Officers

The school has its own Education Welfare Officer and Attendance Officer who liaise with the SENCO, Year Leaders, Pastoral Leaders and external agencies to co-ordinate interventions for students identified as requiring additional support, with the aim of raising their attendance.