Attendance and Mental Wellbeing in Schools

Some children may find it harder to attend school than others, and can face several barriers. This can include pupils who have long-term mental health difficulties or who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Absence or reduced attendance can sometimes be rooted in emotional, mental health or wellbeing issues.


Although absence can be a complex issue, school staff can support children by focusing on the specific needs of individuals as part of a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.


School staff work together in partnership with children, their families and other agencies to provide support.


If your child is struggling, please contact their class teacher.  The links to external resources below, may also help you and your child:


NHS - Is my child too ill for school?


NHS - Anxiety in children 


BBC Bitesize - School anxiety and refusal: how parents can help


Young Minds - supporting your child with school anxiety and refusal 

Please contact the school office should you require a place for your child at Thorpe Acre Juniors. If you would like to purchase a book for school from our Wish List, please visit