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Attendance and Punctuality

Children’s learning is at the heart of everything we do at Palfrey Infant School but children cannot learn if they are absent . Our school Attendance and Punctuality Policy is therefore designed to give clear information in respect of our Attendance Management processes to parents, children, school staff, governors and the wider community. This policy sets out our ambition for our children and recognises that there is a strong correlation between any absence and underachievement. It also recognises that good punctuality is essential for a child to start the school day prepared for learning.


If your child is absent from school for any reason parents or carers must let us know why by telephoning (01922 720713)  before 9am on the day of the absence. This will ensure we comply with the Department for Education (DfE) regulations on registration and absences.


Although school starts at 8.55am, we open our gates at 8.45am. Children who arrive at 8.45am are given morning learning activities while children arrive and the register is taken those children arriving late will miss these learning opportunities. A child that is regularly late by five minutes a day will miss the equivalent of a whole three days lost learning per year.


Holidays in Term-time 

Holidays during term time are discouraged. Missed learning has a damaging impact on the educational attainment and progress of your child, therefore we would request that parents take a family holiday during school holidays.

All term time leave requests must be made in advance and in writing to the Headteacher. A holiday request form is available from the school office. Please be aware that absence during term time may result in a fine. 

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