Excellent attendance at school leads to outstanding education and outcomes.

At Grovelands Community Primary School, we aim for an environment which enables and encourages all children to achieve their best.

For children to be able to gain the most from their education, it is vital they attend school, on time, every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

We expect all students to be aiming for 100% attendance. Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility – parents/carers, students and all members of school staff.


  • Achieving their best academically
  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Becoming an active member of the school community
  • Building their confidence and self-esteem
  • Establishing a good work ethic
To help us all to focus on this the school will:
  • Give parents and carers details on attendance in our termly school newsletter
  • Report to you throughout the academic year on how your child is performing in school and any concerns around attendance
  • Celebrate good attendance by sharing  class achievements in assemblies
  • Invite parents and carers into school to discuss any barriers to attendance which the school may be able to support with
  • Share a range of interventions and provisions for children who may find it difficult to attend school
  • Present certificates to children who achieve 100% attendance in a whole school year

What can you do to help?

As a parent or carer you can help by:
  • ensuring your child understands the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality
  • discussing any problems they may have at school with their class teacher in the first instance
  • not allowing them take to time off school for minor illnesses or special occasions
  • arranging appointments after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school
As a student, you can improve your attendance by:
  • trying hard every morning to get up and get to school, unless you are really unwell
  • speaking to a trusted adult about the reasons why you might not want to come to school
  • make sure you get to school on time every day
  • aim for 100% attendance

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA):

The term Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) refers to the severe difficulty in attending school experienced by some children and young people, due to emotional factors.
Within our school, we believe that it is important that there is an understanding and awareness of EBSA indicators, so that pupils at risk of EBSA can  be identified as early as possible so that effective support can be put in place. See our Attendance Policy for further information.

Attendance Team:

Students with attendance of less than 92% are monitored closely by the Attendance Team:

Mr Jon Goulding
Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Jon Goulding
Miss Natalia Squires
Rampion Federation Safeguarding Strategic LeadMiss Natalia Squires
Mrs Melinda Heasman
Attendance OfficerMrs Melinda Heasman

Attendance Policy

EBSA Parent toolkit

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Welfare
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Gietzen
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Mrs Naomi Jn. Charles