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Attendance, Punctuality & Holidays

We think that it is important that children are in school, on time, every day.  We are working closely with the School Attendance Service to ensure that Yew Tree’s attendance becomes one of the best in the whole of Knowsley.

In line with current Knowsley policy, we are unable to authorise the taking of holidays during term time.

One of our aims is  to have as many children on 100% attendance as possible; the reason for this is because children who attend school every day are more likely to learn more, have more friends and get a good job when they are older.

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It is soon going to be that time of year (if not already) where coughs and colds are on the increase. We understand that when feeling under the weather, staying at home can feel like the best form of recovery but as the NHS says, “not every illness needs to keep your child from school.”

Here are the recommendations from the Public Health Agency for common illness that often, but not always necessary, result in absences from school;


 Symptom Recommended period to be kept away from nursery/ school
Diarrhoea and/ or vomiting 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Conjunctivitis None
Head lice None
Tonsillitis None
Glandular fever None
Warts and Verrucae None
Chickenpox Five days from the onset of rash
Hand, Foot and Mouth None
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment
General cough and/ or cold None
Minor Headache None
Sore throat None


Best Advice – If your child does not need immediate medical attention, bring them into school. Should your child be ill and off school then please seek medical attention and provide school with a medical note from the GP.

To encourage pupils to maintain excellent school attendance, the gold / silver / bronze medal award campaign has been adopted.  Since it was introduced in September, it has received positive feedback from pupils, who are striving to achieve a gold medal status.

In addition, pupils took part in a 30 day attendance challenge in December and January,   introduced to address the historic dip in attendance around this time of year.

The council’s School Attendance Service will continue to work with schools across the borough, monitor attendance, offer advice and support and take action if absences persist.


Give school attendance 100%

Cllr See takes a ride in a school attendance taxi

As the new school term begins, Knowsley Council is launching its school attendance campaign. The campaign encourages pupils to have 100% school attendance and highlights the fact that there are no excuses for absence from school.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, Councillor Gary See, is committed to improving the quality of education throughout the borough and believes the importance of regular attendance cannot be overestimated when ensuring that all young people have the best opportunities for accessing education, employment or training.

If children have good attendance levels, they are likely to achieve better exam results. Research shows that even a few days missed from school can mean a drop of a GCSE grade across all subjects. Good attendance also shows potential employers that a student is reliable, which may help improve their chances of getting a better job in the future. Our message is simple – give school attendance 100%.

Parents and carers have a responsibility for making sure their child goes to school regularly and doesn’t miss out on their education. In addition, Head Teachers will not authorise requests for days off in term-time, other than in exceptional circumstances, which do not include holidays, birthdays or visiting relatives.

The council regularly monitors the school attendance of pupils and will work with the pupil, their parent or carer and the school to address any attendance issues at an early stage. For further information, tips and advice on how to improve your child’s attendance, contact the School Inclusion Team on 0151 443 5147. In addition, an advice to parents leaflet can be downloaded from the council’s website –