Good attendance is vital if your child is to achieve and make good progress. Poor attendance can result in slow rates of progress and lower attainment, as well as missing out on learning experiences and the possibility of problems socialising with other pupils. We monitor attendance daily. Please contact me if you have concerns about your child's attendance or punctuality.


Please notify us by phone (01274 581898) or email ( to let us know and explain your child’s absence. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your child, we will contact you if we have not received notification from you.If we have concerns about a child’s attendance or punctuality, we will contact you to discuss how this might be improved.


Good attendance is encouraged and Albert the bear is awarded to the class with the highest attendance in Key Stages 1 and 2 each week. Individual certificates are presented to all pupils who achieve 100% attendance across the school year.


Being late for school makes it hard for your child to learn. If your child is late arriving at school, please sign in on the computer screen in the entrance. If they are a few minutes late, they will receive a late mark.


When a child arrives late at the start of the school day, it is very disruptive to their learning and the learning of their classmates. Mrs Sheard will contact you if your child is late on a regular basis to discuss any issues you or your child may be having.


The school doors open at 8.50 am and close at 9 am. Late arrivals need to go straight to the office, your child will be given a 'L' mark on the register.


Also it is important that you inform school if you are going to be late collecting your children at 3.15 pm so children are not panicking. Children who are not picked up will be taken to the after school club and parents will be charged.


Unacceptable reasons for lateness include – getting fuel for car, overslept, clock wrong, running late, disorganised and child’s behaviour.


We ask that when possible, parents make doctor and dentist appointments outside of the school day. If appointments need to be made during the school day then please inform school IN WRITING of the appointment, including details of the time your child is to be collected and returned to school.


Keeping School Informed

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It is very important that you contact school if your child is not coming in that day; if we do not hear from you then school will contact you or may call at your home

You can let us know in any of the following ways:

 If your child is off school for more than one day, please contact us every two days to let us know when your child is likely to return to school. Please look at our Attendance booklet for help and support or contact Mrs Sheard 01274 581898 or

 Please have a look at the NHS Choices website for excellent help on keeping yourself and your children healthy throughout the winter months ://



Addressing Poor Attendance

If your child's attendance drops under 90%, Mrs Sheard will contact you from school to discuss any issues you or your child may be having. A meeting in school may be arranged to discuss what support can be offered to you and your child, an attendance action plan may be set up in order to clearly identify any issues and to outline what support will be put in place in order for your child's attendance to improve.

For example

  • your child may be struggling sleeping on a night and therefore having difficulty getting up in the morning, in which case a meeting with the school nurse may be arranged followed by some support with routines
  • your child may be unhappy coming to school. Mentoring sessions could be offered allowing your child the opportunity to explain what is causing their unhappiness
  • your child may be refusing to get ready for school so parenting sessions may be offered to help you manage their behaviour

Please feel free to contact Mrs Sheard in school if you are struggling or would like to see what help is available 01274 581898 or