Glenmead Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality


Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic over the last academic year or so,  attendance at school is now compulsory. 


At Glenmead we believe good attendance and punctuality plays an essential part in success at school. Without good attendance, there is a risk that a child can fall behind in their learning and fail to keep up with their peers both academically and socially. We believe strongly that maintaining good attendance is an important attribute which supports our pupils in becoming productive members of society.

The impact of time away from school should not be underestimated. The table below indicates the potential loss of learning time when absent from school.

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


Our expectation is that parents will:

  • Ensure that their children attend school regularly
  • Notify school on the first day of absence before 8.30am by phone/letter
  • Complete a request form for absence in term time for exceptional circumstances
  • Ensure when their child returns to school they bring in written confirmation of why they were
  • Hand in medical evidence for 4 or more days absence due to illness
  • Meet with the Pastoral Support Assistant and Education Welfare Officer to discuss their child’s
    attendance when necessary

Failure to maintain good attendance may result in the involvement of the Education Welfare Officer. Penalty notices can be  issued as part of this process and ultimately, court action taken.