At Medlock Primary School we have been working hard to improve the attendance of all pupils. It is widely recognised that the educational outcomes and future life chances of children and young people can be significantly impacted upon by periods of absence. Therefore, we want to encourage parents to ensure that their child attends school every day. We do appreciate the fact that a significant number of pupils have excellent attendance and this should be commended. It’s the parent/carer responsibility to ensure that their child attends school each day and on time.  The school target for attendance is 96%.

The school day for Foundation Stage starts at 9am.  The Year 1 – 6 day starts at 8.55am.  After this time, children are late and they will receive a late mark.  The registers close at 9.10 and if children arrive after this time they will receive an unauthorised absence.  It’s the parent/carer responsibility to ensure that their child attends school each day and on time.

If your child is unwell please contact the school to inform us and explain the absence.  If the school is not given a reasonable explanation for absence it will be unauthorised.  Try to make medical appointments out of school time.  If you need to take your child to an appointment during the school day then you will need to provide medical evidence so that the absence can be authorised.

We are working hard to improve our punctuality.  When children arrive late regularly it affects their learning and progress, but also creates distraction for their class.  Children need to be in their class for registration at 8.55am.  Our new music in the morning will stop at this time to indicate that all children should be in their class ready for learning.  We recognise that occasionally pupils will be late due to extenuating circumstances, but arriving late at school regularly can impact on your child’s learning.

Attendance below 90% will be followed up with a letter as will persistent lateness.  Children who are persistently absent will be missing time from school and this has an impact on achievement.  Failure to improve lateness and attendance may result in a fixed penalty notice and/or prosecution.

We cannot authorise absence for the purpose of a family holiday.  If you believe that there are exceptional reasons why your child needs to be absent from school please make your request in writing to the Head Teacher stating the dates and exceptional reasons for absence.  The Head Teacher will then decide whether to authorise the absence.  If you take your child out of school without the Head Teacher’s permission, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority might take legal action.

Prompt pick ups after school are also important.  Children can become anxious waiting for parents and looking after them requires supervision which takes staff away from work.  Children that are not collected on time will be noted in the late book.  Children that are not collected by 3.45pm will be taken to after school club and a £6 fee will be charged.


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