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All children are expected to attend school regularly.  We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils.  

In cases of illness, parents are asked to telephone the school on 020 3727 5171 and speak to a member of the office team or leave a message on the absence line. Please remember to give specific details of the illness because “poorly/unwell” is not sufficient.

If the absence continues for any length of time, please keep the school updated. A note confirming the reason for absence should be sent in with your child upon their return.

Please download our Attendance Policy below to find out more details. 

If you are unsure whether your child is too ill or not for school, please open the document below to help you with your decision. 

The importance of good attendance

Grafton Primary School recognises that positive behaviour and good attendance are central to raising standards and pupil achievement. Our policy on attendance and punctuality underpins our school ethos to:

  • promote children’s welfare and safeguarding;
  • ensure every pupil has access to the full-time education to which they are entitled;
  • ensure that pupils succeed whilst at school;
  • ensure that pupils have access to the widest possible range of opportunities when they leave school and;
  • Protect the rights of the child to receive an education.

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they arrive to school on time every day. Any absence or lateness affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence or late arrival disrupts teaching routines and affects the learning of others in the same class.

As parents, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your child’s attendance at school. In line with government policy, our school does not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time and any requests will be automatically declined. If you take your child out of school for a holiday, you will be fined.

Attendance and punctuality records are scrutinised by the Leadership Team on a weekly basis, and by the Governing Body on a termly basis. Persistence lateness or poor attendance will result in a referral to the Local Authority’s legal and/or social services departments.

Please note that from the Summer Term onwards, parents who are late collecting their children from school on more than 2 occasions will be charged for the associated staffing costs. Minimum charge, £10. 

 Absence from school

If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office on the first day of absence. We would ask you not to keep your child from attending school for reasons other than sickness or urgent medical appointments.

We trust that parents will not dishonestly claim that there are exceptional circumstances which require them to take their children aboard during term. We need to role model good attendance, punctuality and integrity to our children in order for them to be successful later on in life.  Click on the link below to access a Department for Education research document about the effect of absence on academic attainment.

The link between absence and attainment at KS2 & KS4

Reasons not to keep your child off school

  • If you or another sibling is ill
  • On their birthday
  • To attend a non-urgent medical appointment or check up (wherever possible, dentist and eye sight appointments should be made after school hours or at the weekend).
  • To avoid going on a school trip (if you have any concerns about a school trip, please ask to make an appointment to see a member of the Leadership Team).