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Court Lane Infant Academy

Attendance and Punctuality


Court Lane Infant School

Week Ending: 11th October September 2019


 Late marks last week = 274 minutes.

This equates to over 4 & 1/2  hours of learning lost.

Our monthly whole school attendance for this Academic Year is as follows:


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Should my child attend School today? 

The NHS link below offers some excellent advise and information, for parents and carers to help them decide whether a child needs time off school and when it is safe to allow them to attend. It also has some robust advise on how to manage an unwell child if there is any uncertainty for parents or carers.Attendance is important.


Regular attendance and being at school on time are extremely important for educational and social reasons.

Promoting good attendance

The school is proud of its high attendance and actively works to encourage this.  We keep a close check and termly attendance awards are presented for 100% attendance. There is a bronze award for one term, a silver award for two terms and a gold award for 100% attendance for the whole year.

Authorised absence 

Absence will only be authorised in very exceptional circumstances and this is at the discretion of the headteacher.  The school will authorise absence for illness or medical appointments.  Please note that absence can only be approved in advance and not retrospectively.

Unauthorised absence 

Absence will be unauthorised if we do not receive any communication from parents. Absence for holidays cannot be approved.

Schools can, in liaison with the Local Authority, issue fixed penalty fines when an unauthorised absence results in a period of at least 10 unauthorised sessions in any one term, i.e. 5 days. The fixed penalty is £60 per child per responsible adult to be paid within 21 days.  If this is not paid then the penalty increases to £120 to be paid within 28 days.  If the fine is still not paid within this time then parents will be taken to court and can be fined up to £1000.

Notifying the school about absence

If your child is absent from school for any reason please notify the school as soon as possible and leave a message on the absence line.  On the first day of absence, if no message has been received, we will telephone to check the absence. We do this to ensure the safety of the pupil. You must telephone each morning that your child is absent to update the school office. Please confirm the reason for the absence in writing upon the child’s return.

Attendance Concerns

Attendance is carefully monitored.  If the school is concerned about lateness or poor attendance you will be contacted.