Attendance & Absence

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Good attendance and punctuality is vital to being successful at school. Here are the ways that we motivate and encourage excellent attendance and the ways we work with families to improve them where we need to.

Aiming High!

  • We set 95% attendance as our minimum expectation at Oliver Goldsmith.
  • Our whole school attendance has been good for a number of years and we want to maintain and raise our standards
  • Our target for 2020-21 is 97.5%
  • In 2019-20 attendance was 95% (for Sept 2019 to 20th March 2020 - this was affected by Covid 19)
  • In 2018-19 attendance was 96.6% (above national)
  • In 2017-18 attendance was 97.1% (above national)
  • In 2016-17 attendance was 97% (above national)
  • In 2015-16 attendance was 96.2% (above national)
  • In 2014 -15 attendance was 96.9% (above national)


  • If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please inform the office by 9.30am.
  • Under DfE guidance, Headteachers can only grant leave of absence in "exceptional circumstances". Please do not ask for leave of absence for a family holiday as this will not be granted. Also, leave of absence will not be granted to visit relatives who are unwell. Term dates are published in advance so that families can arrange holidays. If you have any questions regarding leave of absence, please make an appointment with Mr Simmons via the school office.


  • Each Friday we present attendance trophies to the classes with the highest attendance for the week. We have an EYFS/KS1 and KS2 trophy that the winning classes hold on to for the week and bring back to the next achievement assembly.
  • At the end of each term, we reward 100% attendance with certificates for individual pupils.
  • At the end of each term we reward classes with the highest attendance with certificates.
  • At the end of the year, there is a small special reward for all those children who have achieved 100% attendance as a thank you from us.

How do we monitor attendance and punctuality?

  • At the end of each term, parents will receive a traffic light colour coded letter to help them support attendance. A GREEN letter means your child has reached above 95% attendance. If you receive a YELLOW letter, this means your child's attendance needs to improve as it below the minimum expectation of 95%. If you receive a RED letter, this means your child's attendance is a cause for concern for the school; if this is the case, the school will be in contact with parents to help improve the situation. The school will also refer and work with Brent's Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) to support families where there is poor attendance.
  • We send a mid-year report home to parents which always includes information on attendance and punctuality to help parents see how their child is getting on. Any issues will be discussed at the spring term parents evening.
  • We work closely with Brent's Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) to support improving attendance and punctuality for pupils causing concern.