Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance and Punctuality


A high standard of attendance and punctuality is expected at our school.


Children are expected to be in the playground ready for the bell which is rung 3 minutes before 9.00am, to indicate the start of the school day. It is not fair on your child if they are late for school. It disrupts their learning and the learning of the other children.


What happens if my child is not able to attend school because of illness/holidays?

If your child is absent from school, please telephone the school office to explain the reason for the absence. Where the school does not receive notification, the office will call home to ask why the child is not in school. If no information is provided then the absence is recorded as unauthorised. The amount of absence for each child is recorded on the annual report in the summer term.

The Education Welfare Officer visits the school regularly. He will follow up any patterns of persistent absence or lateness with a visit.


No holidays will be authorised during term time. Holidays are to be taken out of school term time. All unauthorised holidays or prolonged absence will be referred to the Education Welfare Service and parents will be subject to a fine.


Authorisation will only ever be given in exceptional circumstances. If you do not return on the date given, you must understand that your child may lose their place and be taken off the school roll.