Attendance and Requests for leave of absence

The school day starts at 9.00am. School finishes at 3.15pm.

Pupils should arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day.

Every Day Counts! It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.

95% - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance.
95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.

Of course, sometimes pupils are ill, and are unable to attend school or families suffer bereavements or other major traumatic events that necessitate absence from school. In these circumstances, school will do all we can to support you and your child and to ensure the negative effect on their education is minimised.

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.

In 2017/18, the school’s total percentage absence was 4%. This is only just below National Average. A significant part of this was due to unauthorised holidays.

Except in unavoidable circumstances, all requests for a leave of absence must be made at least 4 weeks in advance by completion of the school form; 'Application for absence in term time', which is available below or from the school office. Absence requests are only authorised in very exceptional circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 95%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.

Q. Isn't my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The School may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.

If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time parents may be served a penalty notice by Stockport Education Welfare Office (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad, a fine of £120 for two children who live with a single parent)

Did you know there are 175 non-school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc?

Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. For diarrhoea and sickness, children should remain off school until 48 hours after the symptoms subside to avoid passing it on to others. Your GP or a pharmacist can advise you in regard to other illnesses. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school, we will contact you.

Q. What should I do if my child is absent?
A. Please contact the school on the first day of absence to explain their absence and send a letter into school on the day they return.


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