Fortnightly Timetable Cycle: Week A
VISITORS to the School: please bring with you one form of identification: e.g, an official identity badge, passport, driving license or a bank card.
School tours are available upon request and we actively encourage parents to visit us during the school day to see us at work.
For all planned school trips – payment of a deposit or payment in full if applicable is required via Parent Pay to secure a place on a trip.

Persistent Absence (PA) : The Current Threshold

The Persistent Absence threshold for students changed from 15%to 10% from the start of Academic Year 2015 to 2016. From September 2015, Ofsted will use this new threshold in its inspection regime. 

The new threshold means that any student will be classed as persistently absent when they have missed 38 or more sessions at any point during the academic year, which equates to a little as 5 to 7 days each term.

We realise that some absences through illness are unavoidable and will continue to be authorised when medical evidence is provided. Unauthorised Absence is the main concern

Please be aware that these changes to PA thresholds means that Attendance BELOW 90% is now Persistent Absence. 

Term Dates

PA @ 10%
Sessions Per Term 2017-2018

PA @10% 
Days Per Term 2017-2018

Term 1
5th Sept to 20th Oct

7+ sessions

3.5 days

Term 2
30th Oct to 20th Dec

14+ sessions

7+ days

Term 3
4th Jan to 9th Feb

20+ sessions

10+ days

Term 4
19th Feb to 29th March

25+ sessions

12.5 days

Term 5
16th April to 25th  May

31+ sessions

16+ days

Term 6
4th June to 19th July

38+ sessions

19 + days


If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please email Abbeyfield’s Student Engagement and Attendance Manager.