Attendance – on time every day

One of the best things you can do for your children is to make sure they attend school on time every day.


Why attendance is important

Coming to school every day is important because:

  • Your child will learn more and do better throughout their education.
  • Your child will feel happier about coming to school if they come every day.
  • Your child will develop good habits around attendance that will stay with them when they start full time school.


If your child is unwell…

Your child should come to school every day unless they are unwell.

If your child is unwell, you must ring school on 01924 251151 (Crigglestone) / 01924 664787 (The Castle) before 9.00am (morning children) or 1.00pm (afternoon children) to let us know that your child is absent.


If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they must stay away from school until 48 hours after the symptoms disappear.



We monitor children’s attendance carefully. If parents do not get in touch with school, to give a reason for their child's absence, school will contact families on the first day of absence to find out why their child is absent.


Bringing and Collecting your Child

Please keep to the times you have agreed with the staff. The routines which staff plan for children to arrive and leave are important for their safety and help the children to feel secure. All persons bringing and collecting children must be 16 years of age or over. Please tell a member of staff beforehand if someone different will be collecting your child.




Please see our Attendance Policy for more information.


Holidays during term time

The law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional  circumstances may a head teacher grant permission for leave.



How can I help my child attend school regularly?

  • Talk to your child about school
  • Take a positive interest in your child's work,
  • Keep in touch with school staff
  • Contact school on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend for whatever reason
  • Attend parents' evenings and other school events



What should I do if I'm worried about my child's school attendance?

The first thing to do is to contact the school to discuss your concerns.



Regular attendance in Nursery School is just as important as good attendance at Primary School.