Absence from School

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly.

If your child is absent from school please contact school as soon as possible. It is usual practice that we will contact you if you have not phoned by 9.15am. If your child has a planned medical or dental appointment that you are unable to make out of school time, we will require a copy of the appointment card to show where they have been.

Parents must also, by law, ensure that their child arrives at school on time. Our school gates open at 8.45am and the bell rings at 8.55am. As soon as the children are inside, learning begins. children arriving after this time will be marked as late.

Governors, in accordance with the East Riding Behaviour and Attendance partnership, ask that you do not take your child out of school in term time for a holiday. Details of this policy are below where it clearly states that holidays will not be authorised unless their is an exceptional circumstance. It also clearly states that where an absence is over ten sessions a penalty notice may be issued to each parent for each child out of school. The Headteacher will only authorise absence in line with the East Riding Behaviour and Attendance Partnership ‘Absence From School For Exceptional Circumstances Policy’. Headteachers will not authorise absences if they believe it is to the detriment of a child’s education.  Below is further information and a form for completion.

Absence from School documents

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Why is it important for children not to miss school?

It is very important to have a good education behind you if you want opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly.

If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work. 

  • Miss out on the social side of school life – especially at primary school. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

Setting good attendance patterns from an early age, from nursery classes through primary school, will also help your child later on when they enter employment. 

Make every minute count


100% attendance

Attending school every day!


95% attendance

10 days of absence


80% attendance

40 days of absence.

80% equates to 56 weeks of primary school missed, which is a year and a half of education. 


Being on time is also vital as it: 

  • Gets your day off to a good start and puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you can make the most of your learning opportunities. Staff are in the playground from 8.50am and children are welcomed into class at 8.55am.
  • Sets positive patterns for the future. You can't expect to keep a job if you're always coming in late;

  • Leads to a good attendance record;

  • Leads to better achievement because you attend the WHOLE of all of your classes;

  • Leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;

  • Helps you develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and towards others and is a sign of good character;

  • Is respectful to your teacher and to your friends in class;

  • Being late for school reduces learning time;

If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year.

If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss is 2 weeks of learning each year.