Full attendance leads to the best educational outcomes for children. Non-attendance is extremely disruptive for children, leaving gaps in their learning and leading to a lack of confidence. Pupil tracking confirms that children who do not attend regularly do not make the same amount of progress in school as children who have good attendance. All school staff will work with families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually. 

All absences are checked on a daily basis to ensure that children are safely in school. Cluster support from the cluster extended services manager is also available to support families in impro9ving their school attendance and someone from this team may be invited to attend any attendance meetings in school. Please read our attendance Policy carefully for the procedures that we must follow if your child's attendance falls below acceptable levels. 


Pupils can come into school from 8:40 and the school day starts promptly at 8:45. If a child arrives after 9:00, they will be marked as late. After 9:15, when registers close, they will be marked s an unauthorised absence. 

Pupils arriving after 8:50 must enter through the main front door and report to the office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they leave so that we can ensure that they are properly chaperoned and signed out. 

registers are also taken when the children return to class after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance manager. 


Can I take my child out of school during term time?

  • There is a common misconception that any child has the right to 10 days of holidays in any school year. This is NOT true.
  • An absence request will only be authorised by the Headteacher under EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, but this will depend on other factors. 
  • Holidays moved due to Covid 19 is no longer classed as an exceptional circumstance by local authorities and any request made due to this will not be authorised. 
  • Every request for time off during term time must be done officially by completing a leave of absence form at least 6 weeks prior to the requested date. You will be asked to make an appointment to see the Headteacher for this to be considered.
  • In line with our local authority policy, any unauthorised absences of 5 full days or over will be referred to the council for a fine. 
  • Any holidays taken without authorisation may be subject to a formal referral to the Education Social Worker.
  • All urgent medical or dental appointments, bereavements, visits to other schools are authorised absence.
  • Celebrations, non-urgent appointments and holidays will not be authorised.

If you would like to apply for your child to take time off during term time, please complete the leave of absence form and return it to us ASAP.

Leave of Absence Request Form

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