The importance of attending school

Attendance at school is, in most cases, the single most important factor that effects the chances of success at school. Research suggests that 17 School Days missed can mean a GCSE Grade Lost.

We work hard to support our pupils and their families in having good attendance at school. We hope that you find these pages helpful in supporting us in improving attendance even further.

Reporting an absence

The attendance line number is 0115 9131338 and select option 1

If your child is ill and not able to attend school it is your responsibility as a parent/carer to contact the school with a reason for you child´s absence. Please ring the number above and leave a message, you can also send an email to

Should you have any concerns about your child´s attendance and wish to speak to someone, you can contact Mrs Jackson, Director of Attendance on the number above.

Holidays within term time

At Ellis Guilford we do not authorise holidays for pupils in term time. If we are informed or suspect that you have taken your child on a holiday in term time you will be issued with a £120 Penalty Notice per parent if you take your child out of school.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What if i am unable to ring the school?

A. When your child is well, please send a note or medical proof to have the absence authorised.

Q. What is a persistent absence (pa)?

A. A persistent absentee (pa) is any pupil who has accumulated absence of 10% or more (authorised or unauthorised).

Q. What happens if my child does not attend school regularly?

A. Under section 444(1) & 444 {1}{A} of the Education Act – “If a child is of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school and fails to attend regularly, their parents are guilty of an offence”.  You may be liable to a fine of up to £2500 or gain a criminal record. Magistrates can also impose a parenting order, which means that the parent has to attend a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.

Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service work to raise achievement levels by working with pupils, parents and schools, other agencies and the community, to improve the attendance of the city pupils. Also they work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

What happens if my child does not attend school regularly?

Your child´s school is responsible by law for reporting poor attendance to the LEA. Most local authorities employ Education Welfare Officers to monitor school attendance and to help parents meet their responsibility. The named Education Welfare Officer for Ellis Guilford School is Rachael Gladwin. If your child is not attending school regularly, an education welfare officer may visit or write to you. Education Welfare Officers work with parents to address their child´s attendance difficulties. You may be offered a parenting contract by your child´s school or the Education Welfare Service This is a formal agreement in which the school and/or la agree to provide you with support and you agree to do certain things to help improve your child´s attendance.

As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. You run the risk of being taken to court.

If you have any concerns about your child´s attendance and you wish to talk to an education welfare officer you can contact them on 0115 8762131 or send an email to:-