Boreham Primary School recognises that positive behaviour and good attendance are essential in order to raise standards of pupil attainment and to give every child the best educational experience possible.


Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. All children are expected to attend school every day. Regular attendance at school is an important issue as it enables a child to obtain their legal entitlement to an appropriate education. Pupils should get the full benefit of the education system and can be seriously disadvantaged through lost learning.  For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and be at school and on time every day, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.


Our policy aims to raise and maintain levels of attendance by:

  • Promoting a positive and welcoming atmosphere in which pupils feel safe, secure and valued;

  • Raising awareness of the importance of good attendance and punctuality;

  •  Ensuring that attendance is monitored effectively and reasons for absences are recorded promptly and consistently;

  • Maintain effective communications regarding attendance with parents, children and other stakeholders. 

Our school attendance target for 2017-18 is 96.8%. To support us in achieving this target we expect all of our parents to:

  • Be aware of and follow the school’s attendance policy;

  • Ensure that their child attends school regularly and arrives on time to school so that they are settled in          class by no later than 8:55am;

  • Contact the school office by 9.15 a.m. on the first day of their child’s absence;

  • Inform the school each day thereafter if their child is not going to return to school and the reason why;

  • Refrain from requesting leave of absence during school term time unless it is for exceptional circumstances;

  • Update the school with any changes to their emergency contact details;

  • Encourage children to take pride in being on time for events out of school;

  • Ensure the correct balance between diet and exercise, good health supports attendance;

  • Provide their child with water bottle to bring into school;

  • Ensure that their child is well slept before arriving in school;

  • Make an informed decision regarding the flu immunisation offered by the NHS;

  • Reinforce the importance of good personal hygiene and washing hands so not to spread germs and infection.


Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If a child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence. Good time-keeping is a vital life skill which will help our children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world.


How we manage lateness:

  • ​School gates open at 8:40am;

  • Class teachers open their doors at 8:50am;

  • The school gates are locked at 8:55am;

  • Registers are taken at 8:55am;

  • From 8:55am children must be registered in the school office by entering in the Late Book the reason for their lateness.  The headteacher will periodically check the Late Book;

  • Parents must contact school by 9:15am to report absences;

  • If your child arrives between 8:55am – 9:30am they will receive a late mark;

  • After 9:30am the registers will be closed. If your child arrives after this time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. This may mean that you could face the possibility of a Penalty Notice if the problem persists.

Late arrival at School

When your child arrives late at school, he or she may miss the teacher's instructions and the introduction to the lesson. Your child may also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning lost, and can seriously disadvantage your child

Recommended Sleep by year group:

  • Reception - 11 - 11½ hours

  • Year 1 - 10¾ - 11 hours

  • Year 2 - 10½ - 10¾

  • Year 3 - 10¼-10½

  • Year 4 - 10-10¼

  • Year 5 - 9¾-10

  • Year 6 - 9½-10

Important Documents Related to Attendance

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later. 

Lower academic achievement also translates into long-term economic costs due to having a less well-qualified workforce. This affects the standard of living that today’s pupils will have over the course of their entire life. For many households, school closures have also affected their ability to work. As the economy begins to recover, we need to remove this barrier so parents and carer’s can return to work 


All pupils will be expected to attend school and arrive at school on time. It is vitally important that parents are punctual in the morning every day to ensure that all children enter the school at their designated time so that class bubble groups are not mixed. 


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