Important Information - Attendance

In line with the Local Authority it is the policy of this school to expect attendance to be 100%, unless there are exceptional or unavoidable reasons for absence, which will then be authorised.

The Local Authority has amended the Penalty Notice code of conduct to take into account the Supreme Court Judgement (Isle of Wight v Platt).  The change in policy is that Penalty Notices and/or prosecution through the Magistrates court may be issued for single event absences of at least 3 consecutive school days or more over a 4 week period, where these absences are unauthorised


Regular Attendance


Attending school regularly and punctually is essential if your child is to make the most of educational opportunities available to him or her. The law says that parents must ensure that their child attends school regularly.

At Chesterton Primary School, children are rewarded in a variety of ways for good attendance. Attendance Officer tracks and monitors children’s attendance and punctuality at school.


What to do if your child is ill


On the first day of absence, parents/carers must make contact with the school to explain the absence. We can then code the absence as ‘authorised’ in the register and we know that your child is safe at home with you. The school expects to be kept informed of a child’s progress if the absence lasts longer than 3 days. A doctor’s certificate may be requested or an absence of 5 days or more.


Remember … on the first morning of the absence…


Þ Telephone the school office –     01223 728392

Þ Call in and tell a member of staff

Þ email us at


Arriving on time – why is this important?

Þ It is a good habit to get into

Þ Children start the day together as a class

Þ Everyone needs to be there for the start of the first lesson.  Children who arrive late miss out on the first part of the lesson – this hampers their learning.




There are two types of absence – Authorised and Unauthorised .




Most absence for acceptable reasons will be authorised by the school.


For example:

Þ Illness

Þ Medical or dental appointments (please try where possible to arrange

             these outside the school day)

Þ Days of religious observance

Þ Exceptional circumstances such as a close family funeral    


Unauthorised Absence


The school will not authorise absence for:

Þ Shopping during school hours

Þ Birthdays

Þ Holidays

Þ Looking after brothers or sisters


If you do not let us know why your child is not at school the absence will be unauthorised so  *PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS CONTACT US TO TELL US WHY YOUR CHILD CANNOT ATTEND SCHOOL.*


Please note: Parents whose children have unauthorised absences may be subject to a Penalty Notice and/or prosecution.


Term Time Absence


Amendments to The Education Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 September 2013.  These amendments make clear that Head Teachers will not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  This means very few requests for leave will now be authorised.


If you believe your circumstances are exceptional  e.g. a day of  religious observances or immediate family funeral, you should Email the school  for each child and submit to the Head Teacher (at least 28 days before the absence commences). The Head Teacher will notify you of her decision by letter.

If you do not make a written request &/or  if it is turned down, and you still take your child out of school, then the absence will be marked as unauthorised.


Please note: Parents whose children have unauthorised absences may be subject to a Penalty Notice and/or prosecution. (£60 fine per pupil, per parent/carer, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days,)




The Head Teacher, Attendance Officer and the Education Welfare Officer review attendance regularly so that children whose attendance is below the expected level are identified. The parents/carers of these identified children will be contacted by the school or Education Welfare Officer.


The school day starts at:  08.45am


If you are late please go to the school office reception so that your child can be marked as present. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the reason will be recorded, and this will be monitored by the Head Teacher and Education Welfare Officer. Arriving on time is important, however, never stay away because you are late – it is always better to come to school.



Attendance Matters







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