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Larkfields Infant School

(0115) 9137730

Late/Absence Procedures



School attendance is a priority for our school.


– We value punctuality.
– We value high levels of attendance.
– We value respect for the start and finishing times of each day.


We are constantly monitoring pupil attendance and would like to work together with parents/ carers to help ensure excellent attendance and punctuality for all pupils from an early age. The positive impact of regular attendance upon a child’s development and learning is very important and has been proven through a range of research. Regular attendance at school is of course extremely important and parental support in ensuring this is paramount. We wish to give our children the very best education possible, this comes hand in hand with good attendance. Attendance and punctuality are monitored on a regular basis. Our Governors are keen to promote good attendance and as a result have a policy of carefully monitoring requests for holidays.


To make our expectations clear we would like to share with you the following attendance guidelines:



Our school target is to achieve an average of 97%


Our average rate of attendance for the academic year 2018/2019 was 97.59%


Please remember that the only acceptable reasons for absence are:


– Illness
– Medical Appointment (a copy of the appointment letter is required to put on file)
– Religious Observance
– Leave of Absence (with the schools permission in advance)


Please download a leave of absence request form here and return it to the school office marked for the attention of the Head Teacher.

The following reasons for absence are unacceptable:


– Family Holiday
– Lateness
– Looking after another member of the family/another member of the family is unwell
– No alternative method of getting to school has been organised by the parents or carers when they are not able to bring their child to school
– No uniform/shopping to buy uniform
– Any of the reasons mentioned will result in an unauthorised absence.


Leave may be granted in exceptional circumstances providing the matter is discussed with the head teacher in advance. More information about the responsibilities of parents in relation to school attendance, and the potential penalties parents can face for non-compliance, is available on the Direct Gov website.


Arriving late to school:


Every moment of the school day is valuable and that is why we like our children to be here ready to work from 8.45am onwards.


Lateness is not acceptable unless there are specific reasons. These should be shared with the head teacher as early as possible so that the reason can be dealt with quickly and in the interests of the child. Persistent lateness will be challenged directly by the head teacher and if necessary by a member of the Local Authority Education Welfare Team (Targeted Support Services)

Reporting an Absence


If your child is unwell, or not able to attend school for another reason, please report the absence using mySchoolApp or contact the school office before 8:45 am.

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