Childeric Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality

Understanding types of absence:

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school as either authorised or unauthorised.  This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no leave has been given.  This includes:

  • Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • Absences which have not been properly explained
  • Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
  • Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed

Absence procedures - Parental responsibility:

  • Inform the school office on the first day of absence (phone, text, email or in person) indicating the reason for absence and the expected return date
  • If child is unable to return on expected date, parent to inform school office
  • Provide copies of medical appointment letters or cards

If absences become a concern:

  • Initial issues are raised by letters to parents
  • If absences persist parent is invited in to discuss the situation with the Headteacher
  • If this fails to achieve required improvements then the matter is referred to the Attendance and Welfare Service (AWS)


  • Holidays are not permitted during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Why punctuality is so important:

  • Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses.
  • Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson.
  • Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and are embarrassed to walk into assembly once it has started.
  • Children that arrive late are developing bad habits.  It sets up your child for the future; whether at secondary school, college or work.  They could lose their place or job if they think it is acceptable to be late.

The school day starts at 8.55am.  The register is taken twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session.  Children will receive a late mark if they are not in class by 9.00am.  The register officially closes at 9.30am, after which time pupils arriving without good reason will be marked as U which counts as a legal absence.
For any pupils where punctuality continues to be a problem, parents are invited in to meet with the Headteacher.

Promoting regular Attendance and Punctuality:

  • Attendance and punctuality cups awarded each week in whole school assembly to class with highest attendance and punctuality
  • Termly attendance and punctuality assembly where certificates, badges, pens and gift vouchers are handed out
  • Attendance and punctuality display in reception area promoting good attendance and punctuality and showing class achievements
  • Individual attendance and punctuality information detailed in end of year report