All children of school age have the right to a full-time education, regardless of age, aptitude, ability or any special need they may have.  Regular academy attendance is essential if a child is to make the most of the educational opportunity available to them.  Ark Dickens Primary Academy takes the responsibility to monitor and promote the regular attendance of all its pupils very seriously.  It acknowledges that irregular attendance can disrupt continuity of learning, undermines educational progress, can lead to underachievement/low attainment and impedes the child’s ability to develop friendship groups within the academy.  We feel the whole academy community should take responsibility for attendance.

Miss school, miss out

It's important to ensure that each child attends school regularly. Evidence shows that children who do so are more successful, not only in school, but in all areas of life. Missing school means not only missing out on lessons, but also clubs, friendships, careers support, trips and all the other opportunities that school has to offer. If children understand the importance of regular attendance from an early age, it helps them to maintain that attitude throughout their school life and into their work life.

Portsmouth City Council  work closely with Ark Dickens Primary Academy and are committed to ensuring that every child gets the chance to go to school to help them to get the best possible start to life.

Did you know?

Last year 1 in 5 children in Portsmouth missed a week of school because of unauthorised absence, leaving gaps in their learning.

Each day of school missed by a child will reduce their attendance by 0.5%, and will mean they miss five lessons. Ten whole days of school has been missed if a pupil has 95% attendance - that's 50 lessons. Twenty whole days of school has been missed if a pupil’s attendance is 90%. Catching up on missed lessons impacts on the pupil, the teacher and other pupils in that class.

If a pupil is persistently absent (90% attendance) they have missed 4 weeks of schooling.

Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year.

Absence during the year

Number of days absent by the end of the year
Number of lessons missed
Absence percentage
Overall attendance percentage
1 5 0.5% 99.5%
5 25 2.5% 97.5%
10 50 5% 95%
20 100 10% 90%
30 150 15% 85%


Ark Dickens Primary Academy attendance for 2017-18 was:


Ark Dickens Primary Academy Persistant absence for 2017-18 was:


Portsmouth City Council are currently running their Miss School, Miss out campaign where you can find our more information on how absence and punctuality can affect a childs education. You can also find out information relating to absence through illness, fixed penalty notices and top tips to prevent absence.


At Ark Dickens Primary Academy we have an Attendance Policy, the aims of the Policy are:

  • To raise the importance of good attendance.
  • Ensure that attendance is monitored effectively and reasons for absences are recorded promptly and consistently.
  • To improve punctuality.
  • Promote opportunities to celebrate and reward children for attendance and punctuality achievements.

Attendance and Punctuality Policy - 2020-21 (1).pdf

Paper Copy available from School Office