Attendance & Punctuality (inc medicines in school)

Attendance and Punctuality


Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. Eccleston Lane Ends Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours, therefore, our attendance target is 98%.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning, which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed two whole terms of learning.

Attendance Rewards

Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at school and to establish positive habits that are necessary for future success.

Through regular attendance pupils can:

 Build friendships;

 Develop life skills;

 Engage in essential learning and achieve to their full potential.

We celebrate 100% attendance each term by awarding every child with a certificate. At the end of each year all children with attendance of 100% will receive an attendance medal.

  • Each Friday in our celebration assembly the class with the highest attendance has the opportunity to go into lunch earlier giving them an extra playtime and the attendance trophy!


The school expects its pupils to:

  • To attend regularly and on time.

  • To be prepared adequately for the school day.

  • To comply with the school policies and procedures.


The school expects its parents/carers:

  • To encourage their children to attend school every day, on time.

  • To contact the school on the first day of absence.

  • To arrange holidays and medical appointments outside school hours.

  • To regularly update emergency contact details.

Unauthorised Absence

Unauthorised absence is where no explanation has been given for the child’s absence or where the explanation offered is considered by the school to be unacceptable.

Absence should not be authorised in the following circumstances:

  • No explanation is offered by the parent/carer;

  • The explanation offered is unsatisfactory (eg shopping, minding the house, etc);

  • Family holidays (unless granted under ‘exceptional’ circumstances). From the 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave (taking a holiday during term time due to cost savings will never be classed as exceptional circumstances). Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from school.

Contact us at Eccleston Lane Ends Primary School

Business Manager: Mrs H Simms
SENCo: Ms C Grant
Albany Avenue
Eccleston Park
L34 2QN