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Chapel Green School


Pupil Attendance

All children of compulsory school age have the right to full time education and it is a parent’s responsibility to ensure their child’s full attendance at school. Full attendance at Chapel Green is from:

Monday 8.55 - 3.15 (6hrs 20 mins)

Tuesday 8.55-3.15 (6hrs 20 mins)

Wednesday 8.55-2.00 (5hrs 5 mins)

Thursday 8.55-3.15 (6hrs 20 mins)

Friday 8.55-3.15 (6hrs 20 mins)

Total Learning Hours each week: 31hrs 25 minutes

 Why is Attendance so important?

At Chapel Green School we aim to maximise attendance rates in order to ensure that all students are able to take full advantage of the learning experiences and opportunities available to them.

For more information please see our Attendance Policy 

Government research has indicated that good attendance is key to getting the best possible outcomes for children, at Chapel Green we do all we can to support families to maintain the highest attendance for their children. 

Norfolk offers advice and support for parents regarding Attendance through their 'Just One Norfolk' website


Attendance at Chapel Green 23-24

Whole School year to date attendance to Easter 24 is 88.8%, this compares to an average Whole School attendance figure of 87.1% for State Funded Special Schools Nationally, whilst we continue to out perform similar schools nationally we are constantly looking to improve our practice in order to work with the families of our pupils to improve the attendance of every child.

As parents / carers you will be aware through our dialogue with you, the letters we send out and our actions to support families to maintain high attendance, we believe every pupils should be in every day possible. 

The school is working towards a Governor Set whole school attendance target of 95%. 


 Attendance of Pupils in groups identified as additionally disadvantaged.

Average attendance for pupils in groups identified as additionally disadvantaged at Chapel Green School have comparable or better attendance to those identified as in the not additionally disadvantaged group. We understand that maximising attendance is vital in order to attain the best possible life outcomes. 

 We would like to thank pupils and their families for their support in continuing to maximise attendance. 



If your child is not able to attend school due to sickness, please contact the school before 9:10am with a reason for your child’s absence 01953 453116.

School Process: Following Up absences

Class registers are passed to the school office at the end of the registration period. Where there are unexplained or unauthorised absences, the school will contact the parents/carers on the day.

If a pattern of unauthorised absences emerges, a leader, DSL or class teacher will contact the parent/carer to discuss possible reasons and school support systems that could help. 

Sickness and diarrhoea:

Is school policy for pupils and staff not to return to school until 48 hours after the last symptoms.

We are strict with this procedure because of the contagious nature and the risk to other vulnerable children.

Medical appointments:

If your child needs to attend a special appointment please contact the school office or inform the class team.

Special absence requests:

Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.

Bearing this in mind families are strongly urged to avoid requesting special leave or taking family holidays during term-time. If circumstances are exceptional, the Headteacher and chair of governors may grant leave of absence.

Requests must be made directly to the Headteacher in writing at least 3 weeks in advance of the leave being taken. In cases of unforeseen circumstances such as family illness or bereavement, special leave can be granted immediately at the discretion of the Headteacher.
A form requesting special leave absence is available from the school office or on the page this link takes you to. (Pupils Exceptional leave request)

Religious observance:

Chapel Green School recognises that there may be times where children of different faiths observe religious festivals that fall outside of school holidays.

Authorised absence will be allowed for these times, please fill in the  (Pupils Exceptional leave request) form.