The number of unauthorised absences in Greenwich primary schools has been revealed in new data.

In 2024, the spring term began the same week as New Year’s Day, and this was the week with the highest number of absences since the start of this academic year.

The data shows absences from the week commencing September 11, 2023, through to February 5, 2024.

The week with the highest number of unauthorised absences was the week commencing January 1, 2024, with a staggering rate of 7.03.

There was a big jump to the week with the second highest rate of unauthorised absences at 2.79 on January 8, 2024.

The third week with a high rate of unauthorised absences was the week starting February 5, 2024, with a rate of 2.62.

On the other hand, the week commencing November 13, 2023, had the lowest rate of unauthorised absences with 1.60.

Following this, was the week commencing November 6 with a rate of 1.62 and then the week commencing October 2, with a rate of 1.70.

These figures are automatically submitted to the Department of Education (DfE) by participating schools.

The figures also relate to the attendance of pupils in state-funded primary, secondary, and special schools in England for the current academic year (2023/24) from September 11 to February 9, 2024.

An unauthorised absence refers to a child's absence from school without proper permission or justification, which can result in penalties, such as fines.

There are many reasons why parents might take their children out of school in the middle of the school year, with one being to avoid peak holiday costs.