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From the first day of term to the last, the small moments in a school day make a real difference to your child. Our school is part of a national campaign to remind parents and carers of the importance of school attendance. #schoolreadylifeready.

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Regular attendance is seen as very important at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls Academy. Every opportunity is taken by the school to encourage all pupils to come to school regularly. We have a designated pastoral team who work closely with our families and support them with attendance concerns.

Recording Absence

If your child is absent from school, please report the absence via the StudyBugs App.

Medical and Dental Appointments

Parents are advised to avoid booking medical and dental appointments during school hours so that your daughter’s learning is not disrupted. In terms of medical appointments and evidence we would like all parents to share key information such as medical letters, appointment information by sending the information to in advance of any appointments.

Latest Attendance News

King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy attendance last year, was significantly above national figures. The school has worked closely with parents to ensure the highest levels of attendance and the while school target is above 97%. The school follows the Local Authority procedures for attendance and please see below the relevant information that all parents and carers must read:

For any further information regarding the LA procedures, please use the link below for assistance:

Birmingham Attendance Procedures

Role of Parents and Carers in Promoting Good Attendance

The school is keen to work in partnership with pupils, parents and external agencies where necessary to ensure educational entitlement and regular attendance. The taking of holidays during the school terms is strongly discouraged, it is hoped that parents will help in the following ways:

  1. Not letting their daughter take time off school for minor ailments
  2. Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, or as late as possible in the afternoon, at weekends or during school holidays
  3. Not taking holidays during term time. The importance of regular attendance is emphasised in the table below:

Fining Parents for Persistent Non-Attendance

As a maintained school we follow all local education authority guidelines which can include fining parents and court action when necessary as detailed below:

Schools can fine parents for the unauthorised absence of their child from school, where the child is of compulsory school age. If issued with a penalty notice, parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. The payment must be made directly to the local authority. The decision on whether or not to issue a penalty notice ultimately rests with the headteacher, following the local authority’s code of conduct for issuing penalty notices. 


Schools can fine parents for the unauthorised absence of their child from school, where the child is of compulsory school age. If issued with a penalty notice, it will be £160 per child per parent, to be paid within 28 days. However, if paid within 21 days it will be reduced to £80 per child per parent. 

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