Our Aim

Pennycross Primary School aims for pupils to enjoy learning, experience success, and realise their full potential. Our Attendance Policy reflects this and recognises that regular attendance has a positive effect on pupils' motivation and attainment and is an integral part of our school.

Some pupils find it harder than others to attend school. Therefore, at all stages of improving attendance, we will work together with them, their parents and partner organisations to remove barriers by building strong and trusting relationships. 

Attending on time every day also helps pupils form good habits which can stay with them throughout their education and on into the workplace. 

Support for your child in school

Please remember we are here to help in any way we can. If you have any concerns about your child that you wish to discuss with us, please do get in touch.

You can contact us by visiting the school office, speaking to teachers during pick-up and drop-off times and contacting Sarah Hooper (Attendance Champion) or Sue Staple (Parent Support Advisor) for attendance-specific enquiries.

Arriving at school on time

Arriving at school on time is essential for the pupils' learning. It encourages good timekeeping habits and lessens any classroom disruption. Late arrival means pupils risk missing important information, which can seriously disadvantage them.

Our school gates open at 8.30am. We also have a breakfast club that opens at 7.30am that is bookable in advance.

Staff may ask to meet with parents/carers of pupils who regularly arrive late to discuss reasons for lateness and explore solutions.


Pupils should attend school every day the school is open unless they are really not well enough to.

Minor ailments should not be a reason for staying at home. If your child attends school when feeling slightly under the weather, do let a member of staff know and we will monitor them and contact you if we think they need to go home. If you aren’t sure whether or not to send your child to school, please contact us via the school office and we will be happy to advise.

If your child is too ill to attend, you must notify the school before 8.30 am on the first day of absence. If your child is ill for more than one day, you will need to notify the school each morning of the absence unless otherwise agreed.

To report an absence, contact the school office on 01752 705137

Please clearly explain the symptoms your child has, when the symptoms started, and when you expect your child to be well enough to return to school.

By law, schools must record all pupil absences and whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.

Medical/dental appointments

Please try to avoid medical and dental appointments in school time. If this is unavoidable, arrange appointments so the minimum school time is lost. Unless it is an emergency appointment, parents/carers are expected to let the school know about the appointment in advance, with evidence of the appointment.

Unexplained absences

We will follow up on any pupil absences where the parent/carer has not contacted us to explain why or where we are unclear about the reason for absence.

If you fail to notify us of the reason for your child’s absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised.

Where the school has cause for concern about the reason for a pupil’s absence, staff may seek additional information or evidence from parents/carers, and/or make a home visit to verify the reason.

Unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice or prosecution.

Important reminder about term-time leave

Attending school every day helps children and young people maximise their learning and enjoy the benefits of their education. It really does make a difference.

Therefore, the school will not authorise any leave of absence in term time unless satisfied the reason is exceptional.

We ask parents and carers to request permission in advance, and only if absolutely necessary. Any requests should be put in writing via completion of a school absence form (available from Sarah Hooper) and, wherever possible, with plenty of notice. The parent or carer who the child normally lives with should make the application.

Parents/carers are reminded that unauthorised term-time leave may result in a penalty notice or prosecution.

Further information

If you have any questions about the information provided, or any other attendance-related questions, please contact Sarah Hooper (Attendance Champion) or Sue Staple (Parent Support Advisor) for attendance-specific enquiries.

Our Attendance Policy can be found here.