Attendance & Punctuality

At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy, we believe that excellent attendance is central to a child’s well-being and ability to make progress. Absences leave gaps in learning and can affect children’s ability to maintain friendships.

Reporting your Child's Absence

If you child is unwell, please ring the school on the first day of your child’s absence by 8.30am on 01708 688 207.

We aim to:

  • Improve our attendance rate to 96% or above;
  • Promote children’s welfare and keep them safe;
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance; and
  • Give our pupils the best chance of succeeding whilst at school.

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance;
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically;
  • Regular attenders find school routines and schoolwork easier to cope with;
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying; and
  • Regular attenders have an easier transfer to secondary school, having developed positive habits in attending school every day.

Creating a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility – parents/carers, pupils and all school staff have a part to play. 

Pupils can help by:

  • Going to bed when their parents tell them;
  • Doing their best to get up in the mornings and get ready quickly for school; and
  • Getting their book bags, PE kits etc. ready the night before.

Parents can help by:

  • Bringing children to school every day and on time unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence e.g. illness or a family emergency;
  • Arranging medical/dental appointments out of school hours;
  • Discussing any problems with regular attendance (or if your child is reluctant to come to school for any reason), with the class teacher or head teacher;
  • Sending in a written note explaining your child’s absence on their return;
  • Keeping the school informed by phone during prolonged absence due to illness;
  • Showing us medical evidence for any absence due to illness, of 5 days or more.

Requests for leave of absence

If you wish to take your child out of school for any reason, you will need to submit our Leave of Absence Request form. We must stress that trips and holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Children have 13 weeks’ holiday and those who miss a series of lessons are at an immediate disadvantage. Authorisation of absence is always at the head teacher’s discretion.