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Attendance at Forest Oak:


Forest Oak School prides itself on its high expectations for attendance and punctuality. Children need to be in school to learn. Missing time from school leaves children vulnerable to falling behind in their learning, as well as impacting upon their friendships and social interactions.

We have very high expectations of attendance at Forest Oak - at least 95%.  Research has shown that attendance and punctuality are important factors in school success, which has a positive impact on learning, progress and gives pupils the best life chances.

Attendance During One School Year

Equates to Days Absent

Number of weeks absent approximately

Number of lessons missed


9 Days

2 Weeks

45 Lessons


19 Days

4 Weeks

95 Lessons


29 Days

6 Weeks

145 Lessons


38 Days

8 Weeks

190 Lessons


48 Days

10 Weeks

240 Lessons


57 Days

11.5 Weeks

285 Lessons


Minutes Late Per Day

Equates to days of teaching lost in one year

Number of lessons missed.

5 minutes

3.5 Days

17 Lessons

10 minutes

7 days

35 Lessons

15 minutes

10.5 Days

52 Lessons

20 minutes

14 Days

70 Lessons

30 minutes

21 Days

104 Lessons


Legal Requirements:

Parents/carers have a legal duty, under section 444 of the Education Act 1996, to ensure regular and punctual attendance of students of compulsory school age and students who attend the school for post 16 education.

At Forest Oak, we work within the guidelines on attendance laid down by Solihull LA. Unauthorised absence from school is an offence and parents/carers may be referred to the Local Authority Enforcement Team, which could result in a penalty notice being issued.

Parents must inform school of their child’s absence on the first day and each subsequent day of absence, unless there is a specific diagnosis and a recovery/isolation period is known.. To report an absence please phone the school on : 0121 717 0088 and press Option 1 to leave a message for the main office. Alternatively, you can email the school office on the reasons for your child’s absence; please remember to include any medical evidence/appointment letters you may have.

Please do NOT rely on a DoJo message to class staff as when staff are teaching, the message may be delayed in getting to the office and you may receive an unnecessary call.

If you have signed the consent to share information with the Special School Nursing team, they will also be able to evidence any medical appointments, diagnoses, prescribed medication or treatment plans.

Attendance Support:

If you are struggling with school attendance, we are here to support you, and it is essential that you communicate and engage with us. In the first instance, please speak to your child’s class teacher and the class team. We also have in school trained Mental Health First Aiders and Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, along with numerous intervention and support groups and sessions.

Other staff in school who can support with attendance are:

Sam Pitt – Family Support Worker             -

Babz Roberts – Learning Support Mentor    -     

Special School Nursing Team                     -

Miss I Jerrard - Senior Mental Health Lead   -

Miss L Powers – SLT lead for Attendance    -

If you’re not sure if you’re child is too ill for school, there is advice on the NHS website, please see the following link:,have%20a%20high%20temperature