We have space in our Reception Class for September and due to relocation space in Y5 and Y2 in September. If you are interested in joining our family please contact the School Office on 01793 674471

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Attendance at Ridgeway Farm CE Academy

At Ridgeway Farm, we know that there is a clear relationship between pupils’ achievement and their level of attendance at school. The staff and Academy, alongside the Trust, firmly believe that all pupils benefit from regular attendance. We want all pupils to achieve the very best they can and for this they need to be in school regularly.

  • To this end we will do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly.
  • The School will provide a current attendance figure for each child at parent consultation meetings during the year and provide a Certification of Registration for the school academic year with each child’s annual report.


Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. Excellent attendance ensures our children access a full and rich curriculum alongside their peers enabling them to thrive and achieve their full potential.

As with attendance, even missing small portions of the school day quickly builds up:

• 5 minutes late every day = 3 days lost over a year

• 10 minutes late every day = 6 days lost over a year

• 15 minutes late every day = 10 days lost over a year

• 20 minutes late every day = 13 days lost over a year


The School Day at Ridgeway Farm for Reception to Year 6

The classroom doors will open at 8:40am. Registration will then begin at 8:45am, all children in the classroom at 8:45am will be marked as present, and children arriving between 8:45am and 8:55am will be classed as late. Children arriving after 8:55am will be marked with an unauthorised absence unless there is proof of a medical appointment. Afternoon registers are taken at 1pm and the school day ends at 3:15pm.

If your child is not going to be in school please ensure you have notified the school office by 8:55am and provided the reason for absence. If you have not notified the school of why your child/children are absent, we will contact you by telephone or door stop visit to ensure the safety of the child/children. We value and appreciate your support in notifying us as soon as possible.



Attendance Policy

Leave of Absence in Term Time

Head teachers are only allowed to grant authorised absence for exceptional circumstances as outlined below:

  • Absence due to bereavement of close family / friend of the family
  • A family wedding or other celebration – in the UK a maximum of 3 days would be authorised allowing for travelling to and from the event. Up to 5 days would be authorised if the event took place outside the UK but within Europe. Up to 10 days would be authorised if the event took place outside Europe.
  • A significant religious event
  • A family crisis, when a family would benefit from time together
  • When a parent is a member of the armed forces and is prevented from taking holiday during school holidays
  • When holiday dates do not coincide with holiday dates in state & academy schools where siblings attend.  

Absence will not be granted:-

  • Due to availability of cheaper holidays during term time as opposed to the school holiday period
  • To extend a holiday beyond or before school holiday dates
  • During Y6 and Y2 SATS & the Y1 Phonics test (including Y2 pupils who are retaking this assessment). The dates of these assessments are published annually. A family crisis, bereavement or illness would be the only reasons that would be considered for an absence during this period.
  • To parents who request the similar period of absence annually.

The government have released a new paper which can be found here. School will have a renewed focus on ensuring children are able to access education and where a pupil’s unauthorised absence amounts to 10 sessions or more within a 6 month period the Education Welfare Service will be notified and the Local Authority will issue a Penalty Notice to each parent for each child. We will be contacting families whose attendance falls below 95% for attendance meetings and to find a way to work together to improve attendance.

Please support us in this.

Please download the Leave of Absence During Term Time Request Form below for requesting term time absence.

Leave of Absence During Term Time Request Form

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