About HJPS | Key documents


To download information regarding a request for a pupil’s leave of absence from school, please see below.
Please click here for the Leave of Absence Form in Word, or click here to complete the leave of absence form online.

Why Regular Attendance is so important:

It is widely known the link between a pupil’s attendance and attainment is irrefutable. Early poor attendance habits follow through into secondary school and employment. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school (above 96% attendance) is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.

The school has a legal duty to publish its absence figures, its attendance policy to parents and to promote attendance. School attendance data must be available to the Local Authority and the Department for Education. Equally, parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend school. All school staff are committed to working with parents and pupil to ensure as high a level of attendance as possible.


Poor punctuality is not acceptable.  If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day.

At 8:50am the registers are closed.  In accordance with the regulations, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence.  This may mean that you could face the possibility of a penalty notice if the problem persists.

HJPS Parent Attendance Guide

Attendance Policy 2023

01923 855 857 admin@hjps.herts.sch.uk