Attendance and Punctuality


As a school we place a very high priority on attendance and punctuality. Please think carefully before taking your child out of school during term time. By law you must ask for permission from the school for your children to miss school. Leave in term time will not be agreed for holidays. Children should only be absent from school for illness and medical appointments. You can request “leave in term time” for your child using a request form available at the School Office. However, holidays will not be authorised.

If a child’s attendance drops below 95% (national average is 96.2%) you will receive a letter from school notifying you of your child’s attendance. This is an informative letter at this stage. Children whose attendance is below 90% pupils are identified as ‘Persistent Absentees’. A formal letter will be issued to parents/carers about their child’s attendance, and you will be invited in to a meeting to discuss future actions.

School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm. Pupils arriving late cause disruption to their learning and the learning of others in their class, please ensure that your child arrives at school promptly. If your child is late on more than 3 occasions you will receive a letter from the school about your child’s punctuality and the potential impact. The Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) will be notified of all persistent absenteeism and lateness.

Please be aware of the potential impact of poor attendance and punctuality on your child’s education.