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Eastnor Parochial Primary School

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The Importance of Good Attendance 

Eastnor is a successful primary school and your child plays their part in making it so. As a Church of England school we aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of our school community to reach out for excellence. For our pupils to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.


Going to school regularly is important for every child's future. Parents are responsible for making sure that their children receive a full time education.


At Eastnor Parochial Primary School we set high expectations about attendance from Reception to Year 6. If your child has a place in our school we expect them to attend. It is every child's right to attend.


Our approach to attendance is evidence informed and child centered. All staff have been trained in our approach and understand their roles in improving attendance.


Your responsibilities as a parent:


By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full time education. For most parents this means registering their child at a school. Once your child is registered at our school you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend on a regular basis. If your child does not attend school on a regular basis we will talk with you about this and make a plan to improve it.


You can prevent your child missing school by:


  • Recognising the vital importance of good attendance and punctuality

  • Taking an interest in your child's education 

  • Discussing any problems they may have at school and letting the school know

  • Not letting children take time off for minor ailments, particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work

  • Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or holiday times

  • Coming into school late if the alarm goes off or your child oversleeps. It is better to come into school late than not at all.


You should not expect Eastnor Parochial Primary School to agree to your child going on holiday during term time.

Reporting School Absence 

You know your child and are best placed to decide whether they need to be at home to recuperate.


If your child is going to be absent from school due to sickness or a medical appointment that has not been pre-arranged then please contact the school office by 9am on the first day to let us know.


The school office will telephone parents if school has not received notification by this time.


If your child is only a little under the weather, or is starting to feel better, we would ask you to support the teachers and the smooth operation of the school by bringing your child into school as normal. On most occasions they will benefit from being in school participating in lessons and enjoying time with their friends but If anything changes over the course of a day Mrs Bullock will call you requesting that they are collected.


If you think your child is well enough to attend school but needs to be given medicine during the school day, please complete the attached Medical Consent Form form and bring it to to the school office.


The school staff, will endeavour to make the right call, based on the information they have and will, as always, put the welfare of each child at the forefront of any decision.

It is the parent’s responsibility to contact school and provide a reason if their child will be absent with a full description of the reason.


Further DFE Links 

Attendance Policy 

Attendance and Punctuality Policy 2023