Granard Primary School

"Growing together; Achieving together"


At Granard Primary School, we continually focus on the importance of attendance and punctuality to ensure that your child has the best possible start in life. Attendance has a direct link to attainment; there is clear evidence that poor attendance has a very negative impact on children’s learning and progress at school.  If a child is not in school regularly they are not fully accessing the curriculum and learning opportunities available to them.  Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year.  There are 175 days for holidays and other activities. We expect attendance rates to be 95% and above.


Attending school every day equates to 100% attendance.


 Attendance during 1 year  

 Days lost  

 This equates to         

 95% attendance

 9 Days

 nearly 2 weeks

 90% attendance

 19 days

 nearly 4 weeks

 85% attendance

 29 days

 nearly 6 week

 80% attendance

 38 days

 nearly 8 weeks

 75% attendance

 48 days

 nearly 10 weeks

 70% attendance

 57 days

 nearly 11.5 weeks

 65% attendance

 67 days

 nearly 13.5 weeks


Missing Days Off School


No Days Absence

Excellent!  A child can take advantage of all learning opportunities.


1 – 4 Days Absence

Very good – this will help all aspects of their progress in school.


5 Days Absence = a school week

Satisfactory attendance.  A child should reach their full potential.


8 – 14 Days Absence or more

If a child has more than 8 days absence from school they may fail to make expected progress.

Below  93%

15 Days Absence  = 3 school weeks

Unacceptable – Children may find there are gaps in their learning and it is difficult to achieve their best.

Below 90% -


Guidelines -

Classed as

Persistent Absentee

20 Days Absence = 4 school weeks

Unacceptable – Persistent Absentee.  A child will find it difficult to catch up on missed learning and will be unlikely to achieve their best. 


Below 90% attendance may lead to the

involvement of the Local Authority.

Below 82%

30 Days Absence = 5 school weeks

Children with this level of attendance are missing the equivalent of a week’s school every half term!  This is a serious concern and will be having a

negative effect on attainment and progress.


The school will ask the Local Authority to

support them to take action against parents/carers to ensure improved attendance.


It is a legal requirement for parents to ensure children attend school regularly and arrive on time.




We believe that ‘Every Minute Counts!  When a child arrives late at school, they miss teacher instructions and lesson time; and their learning begins to suffer.  Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.  The table below shows how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost.  This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others.  Please help your children to be punctual.


 Minutes Late 

Learning days lost per year

 5 minutes

3 days

 10 minutes

6.5 days

 15 minutes

10 days

 20 minutes

13 days

 30 minutes

19 days







19 Days Lost
















13 Days Lost






10 Days Lost






6.5 Days Lost


3 Days Lost

5 Minutes Late

10 Minutes Late

15 Minutes Late

20 Minutes Late

30 Minutes Late