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School Attendance Information

If your child can’t attend school please contact school (before 9.15am where possible) if your child is unable to attend for any reason.

Continue to keep school informed if your child is going to be off for more than one day.

Support with Attendance

Sometimes you may have problems getting your child to school. It may be a family problem or something at school bothering your child. If you would like help, please contact Miss Llewelyn for pastoral support.

Unauthorised Absences

The decision was taken by ERW, our regional education consortium, that no absences due to holidays during term times will be authorised by Head Teachers. This means absences that are due to pupils being taken on holiday during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.


As a school we actively encourage parents not to take holidays during term time so that children can fully benefit from the opportunities their school provides. If children are not in school, they cannot learn.

Birchgrove Attendance Ladder

Penalty Notices

The Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013 introduced fixed notice penalties for regular non-attendance at school. 


The Welsh Government has required all local authorities to draw up and implement their own Local Codes of Conduct to ensure consistency in the issuing of penalty notices. The code will be implemented in Swansea from January, 2015. 


The Welsh Government states that penalty notices are one option among a number of different interventions available to promote better school attendance. The introduction of these regulations is one part of the Welsh Government strategy to support improved school attendance across Wales.

The introduction of these regulations mean that parents may now be fined for their child(ren)’s regular non-attendance at school.


The local code of conduct, which explains how penalty notices will operate, is available on the Swansea Council website  


On the website the local authority has also provided answers to some frequently asked questions. Parents/carers will also receive explanatory letters and information leaflets from their child’s school in January, 2015.


If any parent has concerns about their child/s attendance, then please speak to staff in school for advice and support.

Birchgrove Attendance Chart
Birchgrove Lateness Poster
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