Trelewis Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Trelewis


Attendance and Holidays

We believe that every child has the right to an education and that attendance at school has a big impact on a child's learning.


At Trelewis Primary School, we take great pride in ensuring that attendance is maintained at a high level and that this is promoted and celebrated right across the school. While your child is with us, we will monitor their attendance very closely, in order to secure the very best education for them. We put in place interventions where attendance is dropping, but also reward pupils where attendance is excellent!


Here are just some incentives we use:

  • Home-School Attendance Tracker:- At the start of the year your child will be provided with a Home-school attendance book that will allow you to keep a written record at home of the days that your child is absent from School. 
  • Weekly Class Competitions:- we have a special board in the hall to show the attendance of each class and a trophy for the winning class.
  • Weekly attendance rewards:- for Pupils who have been in school for a full week, Pupils collect an attendance sticker for their attendance card, as well as being entered into a weekly raffle which we draw during Special Assembly on a Friday. The winners get to visit our Attendance Vending Machine! Once Pupils have achieved 10 attendance stickers on their individual card they also get to see Mr Morgan for a special prize!
  • Termly attendance rewards:- for pupils with 97%+ attendance over a term we have special reward packs to celebrate this attendance. For those Pupils with 100% attendance over a term we run a 'Movie Morning' where Pupils are invited to watch a film with fresh popcorn from our Popcorn machine!


We regularly check the attendance of pupils and, should any concerns arise regarding your child's attendance, we will be in touch to try and help get your child's attendance back on track!

Holidays in Term Time

As Parents/Carers, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your child's attendance at school. During the academic year, pupils are at school for 190 days and at home for 175 days. Holidays should be taken during the School holiday period in order not to disrupt your child's education.


In line with Welsh Government guidance, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has asked Head Teachers not to Authorise requests for holidays in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Holidays during term time disrupt your child's education and impacts unfavourably on their learning.


If the Head Teacher refuses your application and you still take your child out of school, the absences will be treated as unauthorised. Bedlinog Community Primary School reserve the right, in certain circumstances, to request that the educational Welfare service to issue parents/carers with a Fixed Penalty Notice under the education (Penalty Notice)(Wales) regulations 2013 for a holiday in term time.


If you are planning on taking your child on Holiday during Term time, please complete the 'Holiday in Term time' form in the school app as soon as possible. A full copy of the school policy for Attendance can be found on the policy section of our website.