Attendance and Punctuality


Good attendance is vital if your child is to achieve and make good progress. We monitor attendance daily. Term time holidays are not authorised and could result in fines being issued.

Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:

  • Authorised (where the school approves pupil absence)
  • Unauthorised (where the school will not approve absence)

Parent(s)/carer(s) are expected to provide an explanation on the first day that the absence occurs. This can be by letter, telephone, personally at the office or by appointment.

  • Children or young people with 100% attendance will be rewarded termly with certificates and annually by a book token.
  • ·Each term all children who achieve over 97% attendance will receive a reward.
  • At the end of each year, all children who achieve over 97% attendance will receive a reward and will be entered into a raffle for a bicycle.

Where concerns are raised about the level of an individual child’s attendance the following procedure will be followed:

  • Parents will be contacted by letter, informing them of the concerns
  • Following the letter, there will be four weeks’ monitoring of the child’s attendance
  • If there is no improvement, at this point, a further letter may be sent and parent(s)/carer(s) invited to meet with the Principal
  • After four weeks’ monitoring, parent(s)/carer(s) are informed that we will refer to the Education Welfare Service.
  • If attendance does not improve a final warning letter may be considered appropriate at this point

Rudheath Primary Academy supports the Fast Track Prosecution System in co-operation with the Education Welfare Service. Cheshire West and Chester County Council, in conjunction with schools, may issue Fixed Penalty Notices for non attendance.

Leave of absence during term time

The Principal may in exceptional circumstances grant leave of absence during term time. The application must be made in advance and parents should request a meeting with the Principal to discuss the request. The Principal must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the leave.

If your child misses school without permission it could result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice (Fine) or other legal action being taken against you.

What can parent(s)/carer(s) do to help?

5C84BC2450Let the school know as soon as possible why your child

  • Send a note when your child returns to school
  • Try to make appointments outside school time
  • Do not allow your child to have time off school unless it is really necessary

The school day begins at 8.55 a.m. Any child arriving after that time is considered to be late. Children arriving after 9.05 a.m. will be recorded as late in the register, and arrival after 9.35 a.m. is recorded as unauthorised absence.

Parents who arrive late in the morning will be asked to sign the “Late book”. Frequent lateness will result in parents being invited to a meeting with the Principal.

School begins at 8.55am and all pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time.
Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others.
Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action may be taken.

Where any attendance or non-attendance issue triggers a cause for concern linked to a child protection or safeguarding issue the Principal should be informed immediately.  The principal will then choose the most appropriate course of action taking advice, where necessary, from the LA Child Protection team.

Please click here to see the Focus-Trust Attendance Policy and the annual letter to parents from Focus Trust.