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I am Nicola Spray, the Education Welfare Officer at Willows Academy. I monitor attendance of pupils and their punctuality.

School attendance and attainment are closely linked.  I work with parents to ensure children reach their full potential by attending school regularly.

I am here to help and support you in getting your child into school, on time, and ready to learn!

Below you will find detailed the current attendance figures for each class.


Green, Amber and Red Attendance System

At Willows Academy our target is:


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Did you know...

96% attendance is:

  • 8 days absence per year from school
  • the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years

95% attendance is:

  • 10 days absence per year from school
  • 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child's primary school education

90% attendance is:

  • 19 days absence per year from school
  • 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career


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Attendance Figures

These are the attendance figures for each class last week (week beginning 8th October 2018)




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Lateness not only affects your child's education - it doesn't allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

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Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence.


Leave of Absence

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances.

We can no longer automatically accept letters from employers as a reason for approval, nor can we accept special offers, holidays as gifts or prizes as reasons to authorise the holiday.

We consider each request individually and cannot approve any leave retrospectively. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please complete a form which is available in our office or alternatively, click here to download a leave of absence form.

If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and you take your child out of school, or keep your child off longer than was agreed, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority may issue a penalty notice. The fine is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. Non-payment may result in the case being referred for prosecution through the magistrate's court.


To assist you with planning any holidays, please find the term dates for this academic year detailed below:

Willows Academy School Term Dates

School OpenSchool Close
Tuesday 6th September 2016Friday 21st October 2016
Autumn Half Term
Monday 31st October 2016Friday 16th December 2016
Christmas Holiday
Wednesday 4th January 2017Friday 17th February 2017
Spring Half Term
Monday 27th February 2017Friday 7th April 2017
Easter Holiday
Tuesday 25th April 2017Friday 26th May 2017
Summer Half Term
Monday 5th June 2017Friday 21st July 2017
Summer Holiday
Tuesday 5th September 2017Friday 20th October 2017
Autumn Half Term
Monday 30th October 2017Wednesday 20th December 2017
Christmas Holiday
Wednesday 3rd January 2018Friday 9th February 2018
Spring Half Term
Monday 19th February 2018Thursday 29th March 2018
Easter Holiday
Tuesday 17th April 2018Friday 25th May 2018
Summer Half Term
Monday 4th June 2018Friday 20th July 2018
Summer Holiday


My Contact Details

If you have a query or would like to speak with me, I am contactable via the school office, e-mail, or mobile


Mobile: 07580 873689