Excellent attendance at school is essential to ensure that your child has the best chance of success. The Government expectation for attendance is a minimum of 97% and parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends regularly and on time. Anything less than 97% gives cause for concern.

If your child is unable to attend school then please follow these procedures:


On the first day of absence you will need to contact school to report the reason for absence. Contact the school by phone on 02476 221920, option 1 or by emailing attendance@frederickbird.coventry.sch.uk. When contacting school please give your child’s name and class and the nature of the illness. If nobody is available to take your call then please leave a message. The Attendance Officer will follow up any unreported absences with a phone call or home visit.

Medical appointments

We would expect any routine dental or optician’s appointments to be made out of school time. If your child has an unavoidable medical appointment, please bring the appointment letter as soon as you receive it.  Your child should attend school until you need to collect them for the appointment.


Leave of absence during term time will not be authorised and should be arranged during the school holidays.  Where family holidays are taken without the permission of the school, parents can be given a Penalty Notice (a fine).


Children need to be in school between 8:40am and 8:50am. Being late not only affects your own child’s learning, it also disrupts other pupil’s learning and gives your child a bad start to the day. Any late pupils need to come in by the dining room door where they will be registered by the Attendance Officer.