Attendance

Welcome to our Attendance page. 

Our Attendance and Pupil Support officer is Mrs E Roby.

Our Attendance Admininstrator is Miss S Matthewman.

Our Education Welfare Officer is Mrs S Wilson.

Parents are asked to prioritise their child’s education by using the school holiday weeks for
family holidays.

Following the changes to the attendance regulations made by the Department for
Education in September 2013 it has been made clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of
absence during term time. Any absence must be made in writing, in advance, to the Head Teacher.

It is especially important that children in Year 1 & 2 do not have any absences during the
Spring/Summer Terms when they will be involved in National Curriculum Tests.

The School Day: remember doors are open from 8.45am - 8.55pm in the morning.  School closes at 3.25pm.

If your child is going to be absent for any reason please contact school on 01484 646888 before 9.15am

We have a dedicated absence line so messages can be left 24 hours a day, please press 1 to leave a message stating your child’s name, class and illness reason.

If no message has been received about an absence, for the safety of your child, good practice requires schools to try to contact parents to establish the reason for absence. If we are unable to contact parents we may contact other sources e.g. Lindley Junior School if we are aware of a sibling attending there, or other emergency contacts provided by you. If contact still isn't made, it may be necessary to do a home visit and/or contact the police. This is good safeguarding practice to ensure the safety of you and your child.

Please remember that if a child has vomited or had diarrhoea they must not return to school until they have had two school days clear of symptoms. Thank you for your continued support.

We want children to be happy in school and have the best chances for their future.  Being in school as much as possible gives them the biggest chance of success.

Attendance Facts

  • 97% attendance means your child will have missed 6 days off school throughout the year.
  • 90% attendance means that your child will have been absent for the equivalent of half a day every week, which is the  equivalent of 4 whole weeks in the school year.
  • If you take 2 weeks holiday during term time your child’s attendance will automatically be reduced to 95%.
  • A two week holiday every year in primary school means a total of 14 weeks teaching time missed. This is the equivalent of a whole term.
  • The Government expects children to be in school at least 95% of the year.

To read our Attendance policy please click the image below:

Kirkless Leave of Absence Guidance

DFE School Attendance guidance

DFE guidance on Attendance & Absence

If you need to request an absence for your child you must complete an absence request form, available from the school office or by clicking teh link below.

Absence Request Form