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Marlborough Primary School

Attendance & punctuality 


As a school we aim to:

  • Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 96%
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance
  • Maintain good time keeping

Good attendance is important because:
Statistics show a direct link between poor attendance and under-achievement. Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically, find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with, find learning more satisfying and settle into High School more easily. A regular attender attends at least 96% of the time.

In line with other local schools, permission is not given for holidays in term time. Absences from school other than for illness or other educationally approved reasons will be ‘unauthorised’ and will appear on a child’s record accordingly.

If you would like to request a term time absence for exceptional reasons, please request a form from the school office team. 



 •Ensure your child attends school regularly and on time. Emphasise the importance of good attendance and punctuality and continue to be a good role model

•Please telephone the school on the morning of any absence providing reason and a likely return-to-school date

•Arrange all non-emergency appointments outside of school hours

 •Communicate the importance of good attendance and punctuality

•Regularly communicate pupil attendance % with parents/carers

•Celebrate successes and encourage good attendance/punctuality via the newsletter and weekly class attendance award

•Follow up unauthorised absences via phone calls and letters. If no contact is made with the school regarding absence, two members of staff may carry out a home visit

•Carry out meetings with parents/carers of pupils with poor attendance/punctuality and high unauthorised absences





Ms G Dobey

Attendance and Admissions Officer 

Mr R Briody

Acting Assistant Headteacher