St Augustine's C of E Primary School

St Augustine's CE
(VA) J & I School

Tel: : 01422 360615


St Augustine’s Child Friendly Attendance Policy

Good Attendance Matters!

We take our children’s attendance seriously, good attendance for every child can only be achieved with the support from Parents.

School starts at 8.50 am, your child should arrive in the playground between 8.40-8.45 am so they are in good time and ready to enter school when the door opens. 


Frequently asked questions:

What should i do if my child is absent?

We would expect a parent to telephone the school on the first day of absence. If you do not phone us, we will try to contact you. This will be followed up with a text message requesting this information if we are unable to contact you.

What reasons will the school accept for absences?


Emergency dental / medical appointment, routine check-ups should be made outside of school times.

Day of religious observance

What is unacceptable?

The school will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays/parties or visits to the airport.

Will the school contact me if my child is absent?

It is the parent’s responsibility to contact school however if we do not hear from you then the school will try to contact you, this is to ensure your child’s safety as well as their regular school attendance. If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality, we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.

Can we take term time absences?

If, in exceptional circumstances, you need to request permission for your child to not be in school during term time, you should complete an application form, stating the reason why. The Headteacher has the right to refuse permission having given consideration to: your child’s age, the time of year, overall attendance pattern of your child and the circumstances given.

What can I do to encourage my child to attend school?

Make sure your child gets enough sleep and gets up in plenty of time each morning. Ensure that he/she leaves home in the correct clothes and properly equipped. Show your child, by your interest, that you value his/her education.

My child is reluctant to come to school. What should I do?

Contact the school to discuss any concerns or worries. It is important that we identify the reason for your child’s reluctance to attend school and work together to resolve the problem.

In some cases, you may find it helpful to discuss the circumstances of your child’s difficulties with the Class Teacher or a member of the Senior Management team or The Home/School Liaison Officer.

 The school may also refer you to an Education Welfare Officer who works with staff and families if difficulties with attendance arise. Please contact the school if you would like the contact details of the Education Welfare Service.

We promote good communication between home and school, please come and talk if you have any concerns. we cannot offer support if we do not know about your concerns. please feel free to contact me in the school office or leave your details with a brief message for me to contact you.


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