Attendance Matters Information for Parents and Carers

Nursery starts at 9:15 am

Home School Link Worker – Mrs Malik
Attendance Leader – Mrs L Bradbury
School telephone number – 01782 237125

‘Every day, every half day, every lesson matters’

We expect at least 96% attendance by all children in our school.

High attendance is important in giving children the best chance of being successful at school and achieving their end of year expectations or better.

High attending children are able to get involved in the entire range of school life and all the different activities that are on offer in order to ensure they reach their full potential.

High attending children are able to develop:

  • high levels of achievement in their work.
  • better social skills.
  • better friendship skills.

High attendance is particularly important:

  • At the start of the school year when establishing new routines.
  • Throughout the year when valuable teaching and group work is taking place that cannot be repeated.
  • At the end the school year when mak-ing the transition to primary school.

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Absence during term time:

  • Please avoid making routine medical appointments during the school day (doctors, dentists, opticians)
  • No holidays are authorised. There are 190 school days a year , so there are 175 other days (13 weeks) of school holidays and weekends.
  • In the case of a family emergency requiring your child to miss school, please contact the school as soon as possible.
  • If you have not informed the school office of your child’s absence by 9:30 am on the first day of absence a text message or phone call will be made.
  • If children require medication at school please take all prescription medicines to Mrs Malik.
  • We thank you in advance for all your hard work and support in relation to this matter.

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What to do if your child cannot attend school

  • Please contact the school office on the first day of absence before 9.30 am on 01782 237125
  • Please explain the reason for absence and give an estimate of how long your child is likely to be absent.
  • If your child’s attendance drops below 90% a letter will be sent home to inform you and you will be invited to attend an attendance clinic with Mrs Malik and a school leader in order to set targets to ensure that this improves.

By accepting a nursery school place you are agreeing to send your child regularly. If you no longer feel you can meet with obligation, please request a meet-ing with school leaders to discuss why you are finding this difficult.

Children who are absent, should not be out in public places during the time 9.15 am – 3.15 pm.


Zak’s attendance rate is always around 90%. He thinks this is pretty good! However, this actually means…

  • He is absent from lessons for the equivalent of a half day every week!
  • That is 16 days a year or 3 weeks 1 day an academic year. 90% attendance for your child through Nursery, Primary and Secondary school means they will have missed more than a whole year off school during their education.

Iniayah’s attendance rate is always around 80%. She thinks that this is ok! However, this actually means…

  • She is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one day every week.
  • That is 38 days a year or 7 weeks 3 days an academic year, a whole half term! 80% attendance for your child through Nursery, Primary and Secondary school means they will have missed two years during their education!

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

Together we can strive for excellence.

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Our school contact for any issues relating to school attendance is our Home School Link Worker, Mrs S Malik.

All children in our school are aware of the importance of good attendance. Each week we celebrate good attend-ance with certificates and prizes awarded.

Children who achieve 100% attendance are entered into a draw each half term to win a special treat such as a gift to-ken to spend.

We also monitor lateness rigorously as children need to be in school on time. Lessons starts at 9.15 am. Parents may also be invited to talk to Mrs Bradbury or Mrs Johnstone about persistent late arrival to school.

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