You may be aware that we work closely with a number of other schools within the city. The partnership of schools we work with is known as Aspirational Partners in Learning & Leadership (APLL for short).  Our partnership has a combination of different types of school (primary, secondary, special and faith), however one of the many things we have in common is our commitment to providing the highest quality of education to the youngsters within our care.  In order to do this we need to ensure that all children are in school everyday.

If your child attends any of the schools within our partnership (Carden Primary, Coldean Primary, Coombe Road Primary, Cottesmore Primary, Downs View Special,  Holmwood College,  Moulsecoomb Primary, St Bernadette’s Primary, St John the Baptist Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Westdene Primary or Woodingdean Primary) you will experience similar approaches to the monitoring of attendance.


Holidays in Term Time

Carden Nursery and Primary School, alongside many other schools in the city (including all APPL partnership schools) adheres closely to the agreed Brighton and Hove Code of Conduct with regard to term time holidays.  As a school we will not authorise any holiday in term time unless there are very exceptional circumstances which must be sent in writing to be agreed by the Head Teacher in advance.  If the request is turned down and you still decide to take your child out of school this will be referred to the relevant team at Brighton and Hove City Council.  This will result in a fine. 

The fine for going on holiday during term time is £60 per child, per parent. For example if both parents take their two children on holiday during term time this would result in a fine of £240.  If the fine is not paid within 21 days it will then increase to £120 per child, per parent.  If the fine is still not paid then the Local Authority will seek prosecution for non-payment under caution.  Please note that schools DO NOT receive any money from fines or prosecution.  

When parents are separated, the parent/carer with whom the child lives will be issued with the fine.   

Persistent Absence

The government classes a child with attendance at less than 90% as a persistent absentee.  It is remarkable how quickly just a few days off can result in a child falling into this category.  Whilst we understand that children sometimes fall ill and cannot attend, please ensure that your child attends as often as possible to avoid this.  

The Head Teacher, Home School Liaison Officer and Administration Assistant closely monitor attendance on a weekly basis.  We get in contact with parents/carers as soon as attendance/absences start to become a concern.  We invite parents/carers in to meet with us to discuss our concerns and to look for solutions together to improve attendance.  

Should attendance continue to be a concern, the school and Home School Liaison Officer will refer to the Local Authority who will enforce their statutory duty.  This may result in parents being fined or receiving a custodial sentence.  


When your child arrives late at school the miss the teacher's instructions and the introduction to lessons.  They may also feel embarrassed at entering the classroom when everyone else has settled.  We fully understand that occasionally circumstances result in late arrivals however when this is repeated this results in children missing many vital parts of their education.  

MInutes Late During The Day Lost in a Year Equals Days Worth of Teaching Lost in a Year
5 minutes 2.8 days
10 minutes 5.8 days
15 minutes 8.6 days
20 minutes 11.5 days
30 minutes 17.3 days


Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning time lost and can seriously disadvantage your child.  

'Attendance Matters' letter from the Local Authority - June 2015

Every School Day Matters Fact Sheet

Fixed Penalty Notice Leaflet

Persistent Absence Leaflet