In line with all Ark schools, our mission is to ensure that children are ready for the next stage of their education. At Ark Atwood, this is demonstrated through the children acquiring the different characteristics that make up the Atwood Scholar along with academic success at the end of KS2. None of this is possible without good levels of attendance. Every day and every lesson matters.  


Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that teaching builds on what has been taught in the previous session. Children who miss school frequently will undoubtedly have gaps in their learning which will impede their progress and future ability to engage in lessons. Frequent absence has a profound and cumulative effect on achievement.


We recognise that attendance is everyone’s responsibility and there are many reasons why children miss school. As the Department for Education’s guidance document, Working Together to Improve School Attendance (2022), says:


‘Improving attendance is everyone’s business. The barriers to accessing education are wide and complex both within and beyond the school gates and are often specific to individual pupils and families. The foundation of securing good attendance is that school is a calm, orderly, safe and supportive environment where all pupils want to be and are keen and ready to learn.’


Our Attendance Policy sets out our approach to promoting and managing attendance

Ark Atwood Attendance Policy (March 2023).pdf