Evidence shows that the better the school attendance the more likely pupils will succeed at school and poor attendance affects the pupils’ level of attainment.

Because of the evidence, the Government has made some important changes to the way in which is defines Persistent Absence (PA). As of 1st September 2015, the threshold for PA has been 10%, an equivalent of 38 sessions or 19 school days missed in a school year.  Parents and carers of pupils falling below this threshold are liable to prosecution.

Attendance at Benton Dene School has always been and remains exceptionally high. As a school, we set our target for attendance at 96% and work closely with pupils, parents and carers to achieve this.

Our overall absence rate for the last academic year was 4.7% for the 117 pupils on roll,  however the level of PA was 7.75%.    In all, 9 of our pupils had attendance rates below 90% last year.





Overall Absence




Persistent Absence





In order to promote regular school attendance for your child, please:

Contact school on the first day of your child’s absence giving the reason and expected day of return

Avoid taking holidays during term time

Make non-urgent medical and dental appointments outside school hours. If this is unavoidable your child should not have the full day off school to attend an appointment

Benton Dene School clearly recognises that children will be ill or that there may be issues effecting regular attendance. If you are having difficulties ensuring that your child attends school regularly, please contact our Home School Liaison Team (Yvonne Manton and Tina Steele) and/or your child’s class teacher initially so that we can give you the necessary support.