Attendance and Holidays


If your child is of school age, he or she must attend school.  The registers are taken every morning and afternoon and record lateness, absence and the reason for the absence.  A child is considered late if they arrive after registration, which finishes at 9.05 a.m.

If your child is absent because he or she is ill or has to attend the dentist* or doctor, then you need to let us know by either:

ü  Sending a note or e mail with the date on.

ü  Phoning up and leaving a message

If we don’t get an explanation for absence, we will phone you to ascertain where the child is.  If we get no reply to this, your child will be registered as having an unauthorised absence.  Unauthorised absences appear on children’s reports, reported to the School Governors and the LA (Local Authority).

*If your child has to go to the dentist for a check-up rather than emergency treatment it is helpful to your child if they have an appointment at the end of the school day (after 3.00 p.m.) when they are less likely to miss teaching time, and will then find it less difficult to catch up.

If you have any questions or difficulties about attendance then please speak in confidence to Mrs Howarth or contact our Educational Social Worker (ESW) Jill Howard at St Richard Gwyn High School (01352 736900).

In the academic year 2015-16 we had 95.53% attendance which is above the county average and 0.1% unauthorised absence.

 Holidays – (Flintshire Welfare Service Guidance)

In total there are 175 non-school days a year in which families can spend time together or go on holiday.  Pupils are not granted leave of absence unless there are acceptable circumstances.  Taking a holiday during term time, seriously affects your child’s attendance and in turn their attainment.  Parents should put in a request to go on holiday during term time at least 3 months before going, giving reasons why the holiday must be taken at this time. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.       

Holidays will not be authorised if:-


  • ·         child(ren)’s attendance is already in amber(92-95%) or red (<92%) category
  • ·        
  • ·         preparation periods for literacy and numeracy tests (March through to mid May)
  • ·         End of stage assessments periods for Yr2 and Yr6 (Spring term through to end of May)


Taking a holiday during term time, seriously affects your child’s attendance and in turn their attainment.  Poor attendance will have a serious impact on education, work ethic and life chances.


The school will not authorise:-

  • ·         Days out
  • ·        


Emergency appointments or hospital appointments will be authorised.


If you have too many unauthorised absences, including sickness and holidays this could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being served by Flintshire County Council. See full guidance on the Flintshire website.