We expect good attendance and punctuality from all pupils. Pupil progress may be affected by absences. We regularly monitor attendance and punctuality and write to parents/carers when their child’s attendance falls below 90%.

We make annual reports to the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the government about the number of children who have had time away from school. The Attendance Improvement Officer regularly visits the school to check registers and will take action if attendance and time keeping are unacceptable. This may include meeting with parents or issuing a FPN (Fixed Penalty Notice) if more than 15 unauthorised absences are recorded over a period of two terms.

Children who are late must be signed in by an accompanying adult at the school office.

If your child is ill and not attending school, please telephone the school office or email absence@bengeo.herts.sch.uk on the first day of absence.

If you need to withdraw your child from school for any reason (for example, Dentist, Doctor, Hospital appointments) please advise the school office as soon as possible. The child must be collected by his/her parent or nominated responsible adult, at the appropriate time. Parents should sign their children in/out on the register that is kept in the school office. Whenever possible, please make appointments out of school time.


We do not authorise holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances for doing so. Exceptional circumstances may include bereavement, religious holidays or travel linked to the armed services. This policy is adopted by all schools in the area.



  1. Information sheet regarding holidays in term time
  2. Exceptional Leave Application Form