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Attendance and Punctuality

Be on time at a quarter to nine

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. Children are welcomed into class at 8.45am when learning starts.
  • 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.

Click here to access our attendance guide for parents which contains information about how to report absences and the procedures we will follow in school.

Click here to access NYCC information for Parents/Carers on rights and responsibilities relating to school attendance and behaviour.

Click here to access our policy for children arriving and leaving school.

Picking up and dropping off policy 2024