Westover Primary School


We love to see your child in school everyday! 

Your child needs to attend every day to ensure they have every opportunity to learn as much as other children. If children are absent they fall behind their friends.



If your child has 90% attendance this is equivalent of:

  • one half a day lost every week.
  • four whole weeks lost in the school year.
  • half a school year lost over five years.
  • If your child is 5 minutes late every day this is the equivalent of:
  • 3 whole days lost in the school year.


If your child’s attendance falls below 90% it is unlikely that any further absences will be authorised. We will get in touch with you to see how we can work together to improve your child's attendance. Encouraging 100% attendance continues to be a priority for the school. 


Sickness or lateness should be notified to the school by note or by phone. Such information is important as it ensures we can carry out our responsibilities to the children in our care. We need to know why they are not at school. We request evidence of appointments, such as an appointment card of prescription. If we do not receive notification of your child's absence we will telephone in order to carry out our responsibilities.  Attendance is a safeguarding responsibility, so is followed up in all cases.  


Children will only be allowed to leave school during school hours to visit the doctor or dentist if they are accompanied by a parent and it would be appreciated if the school could be notified beforehand of such an appointment. As a safety measure we do ask parents to sign their child out and back in again on return (if it is the same day). 

For more advice on attendance please follow the link to Portsmouth City Council support