Attendance at school is crucial to a child’s academic performance. At Holly Park attendance has improved over the last 4 years.


  • Attendance from September 2022 to June 2023 was 95%​
  • Attendance from September 2021 to June 2022 was 94%
  • Attendance from September 2020 to June 2021 – COVID not a whole year
  • Attendance from September 2019 to June 2020 – COVID not a whole year
  • Attendance from September 2018 to June 2019 was 96%
  • Attendance from September 2017 to June 2018 was 96%
  • Attendance from September 2016 to June 2017 was 96%

 Here are some of the ways we improve attendance:

  • Each week we award Attendance Alligator for the class with the best attendance
  • Punctuality Parrot for the class with the best punctuality
  • We have a half term trophy for the class with the best attendance for the half term
  • StickerWe award stickers to individuals each half term for 100% attendance
  • We send postcards home to parents  for 100% attendance at a half term
  • At the end of each full term we award certificates –

Bronze 96-97.9%

Silver 98-99.9%

Gold – 100%

At the end of the year we award metal badges for 100% for the entire year.

Children should arrive in school at 8.55 am.  If they are late they should sign in the Late File kept in the Office area. Children arriving after the close of registration (after 9.30 am) without prior notification, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Children who are persistently late may be referred to the Education Welfare Team.

The best way to avoid such action being taken is to get the children to school on time. Starting good habits from an early age is essential. If your child learns the importance of coming to school every day and being on time, then these good habits are likely to continue throughout their education and working life.

    If your child is not in school, then they cannot learn.

                          If they miss school, they miss out. 

Please help us to continue getting children here on time and  prepared for the school day.

Give your child a head start by ensuring that they are in School every day and arrive on time.

The chart below shows how we judge attendance

Excellent 100%
Very Good 97%
Good 96%
Satisfactory 95%
Unsatisfactory 90%
Cause for Concern Less than 90%

Parents should be aware now that unauthorised lateness can lead to a fixed penalty notice from Barnet. Six unauthorised lates in a four week period can trigger the issue of a fixed penalty notice.

Here is the form that you must fill in to Request for an exceptional leave of absence.

Please see here for the link to our Attendance policy


Government regulations mean that head teachers can only give leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and when applied for.

Clearly, family holidays are not exceptional and should be taken in the official school holidays.  If you think your circumstances are exceptional, you will have to discuss this matter with a senior member of staff.

Where parents take their children out of school without permission, they can expect to be issued with fixed-penalty notices.  From September, the payment period is being shortened so parents would have to pay within 3 weeks at the rate of £60 per parent per child.  After that, there is just one week in which to pay the higher rate of £120.

The Government intends to be tougher on families taking their children out of school for holidays.  It also expects all head teachers to adhere to the regulations so, in effect, we should be working together to achieve the best educational outcome for the children.

Families are advised to consider very carefully their future holiday planning.  Parents who take their children out of school without permission risk the intervention of the Education Welfare Officer, who will investigate all instances of unexplained absences.

Here is some information from the Government: No more holidays

Holly Park’s term dates can be found here.

If you wish to apply to take your child out of school in term time you must fill in a form for a Request for Exceptional Leave of Absence.Request for an exceptional leave of absence