Attendance at Murray Park School

At Murray Park, we carefully monitor attendance and punctuality. You may be aware that students whose attendance falls below 95% suffer a major impact to their learning and those with poor attendance are far less likely to achieve their expected levels of attainment. In light of this, you are asked to take steps to ensure your child attends school every day. Absences soon mount up – see the impact of time off over one year:





Result - This is for the whole academic year.
GREEN 100% Not missing any lessons.
99% Missing around 10 lessons.
98% Missing around 20 lessons.
97% Missing around 30 lessons.
AMBER 96% Missing about 8 days of school. This equates up to 40 lessons.
95% Missing about 2 weeks of school. This equates up to 45 lessons.
93% Missing about 14 days of school - a significant amount of education to lose.
RED 1 90-92% Missing more than three weeks of education - a significant amount of education to lose.
RED 2 86-89%

Missing between 4 and 6 weeks. A serious loss of learning which is likely to have a detrimental effect on achievement and life chances.

95 Lessons missed.

RED 3 81-85%

Missing between 6 and 8 weeks. A serious loss of learning which is likely to have a detrimental effect on achievement and life chances.

145 Lessons missed.


80% and


Missing more than 8 weeks. A serious loss of learning which is likely to have a detrimental effect on achievement and life chances.

190 Lessons missed.

Students with below 90% absence will be referred to the Education Welfare Service and they may wish to contact you to discuss issues and ways to improve attendance. 

Absences matter and you can help

We will write to all parents if their child has been off more than the average amount of absence time for the school cohort. The letter will inform them of the number of days their son/daughter has not attended. Whilst the absences may have been authorised, we know that parents want to support their child in their education and the School in encouraging their son/daughter to good attendance. If you receive a letter please speak to your child about their attendance and if there are issues we can help you with please talk to your child’s form tutor or Head of Year. We do not want any student to feel they are falling behind due to absence.

Important - Reporting Absences

If your child is too ill to attend school please contact the School absence line on (01332) 515921 option 1 before 9.30am or alternatively email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please state:

  • Child's full name & form.
  • The reason for absence.
  • The date(s) your child(ren) will be absent
  • When you expect they will return to the School

This should be repeated for every day of illness, then a note from parent/carer explaining the period of absence should be handed to the Form Tutor on the day of return to school.

Time Off During Term

Medical and Dental Appointments

We ask that, wherever possible, medical/dental appointments be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is unavoidable the appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be shown to the Form Tutor or shown to Student Services staff no later than the previous school day, wherever possible. Alternatively, you can leave a message on the absence line for the Attendance Administrator. We ask that you return your child to school immediately after the appointment, unless lessons are finished for the day.


There is no automatic right of absence for a family holiday: this is in accordance with Government Policy. If you wish to take your child out of school for a day of religious observance, you will also need to complete a leave of absence form.

Your Support.

We appreciate your support in keeping us informed promptly of any absences from school. If there are any issues regarding attendance that you would like to discuss with the school, please either contact your child's Head of Year or the Attendance Administrator.

School Telephone Number 01332 515921
Gill Morley (Head of Year 11) 01332 540037
Alan Featherstone (Head of Year 10) 01332 540037
Lindsay Robinson (Head of Year 9) 01332 540001
Emma Challand (Head of Year 8) 01332 540020
Victoria Gray (Head of Year 7) 01332 540035