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Alwoodley Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance Policy - for all local schools in our cluster



Children should not have holidays during school time. We understand that holidays may be cheaper out of school time, but do you realise by saving money you are affecting your child’s chances of doing well in their future life?


Good attendance is important because:


  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.
  • Attending school regularly safeguards the welfare of children whilst they are not in the care of their parents/carers



Do you know that children who arrive a few minutes late start the day feeling more stressed and do not make a positive start to their learning? They often miss out on key messages and education. It disrupts the education of the rest of the class.


Do you know that children should be in the playground at 8.45 a.m. ready to go into school at 8.50 a.m. promptly?


Being late to school has a significant impact on the amount of learning time lost over a school year.

The table gives you an indication of how much time is lost if regularly late.


Minutes late per day

Number of days over a year

5 minutes

3.4 days

10 minutes

6.9 days

15 minutes

10.3 days

20 minutes

13.8 days

30 minutes

20.7 days


How we can help you:


  1. Mrs J Shaw, our Family Support Worker, is available to discuss and support you and your child with any attendance and punctuality issues. We have a wider team with a variety of skills who can also offer support.
  2. Children can come to Breakfast Club 8.00 a.m.  - 8.45 a.m. for £4.50. We offer a wide choice of food and an opportunity to socialise and  play  with other children.
  3. We will send you a record of your child’s attendance and punctuality in June each year. We can send information more regularly if requested.
  4. We have many staff who are First Aid trained. We have a special area where children can sit if they feel unwell. Staff will continue to contact you if your child feels too ill to be in school. If you are in doubt, please send your child to school and we will contact you if necessary.