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Attendance and Punctuality

Regular Attendance

Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life. School will also help your child’s social skills, such as making and keeping friendships.

At Paget we aim for every child to have at least 96% attendance over the year and we celebrate those who achieve 100% attendance each half term as well as for the whole year.

Poor Attendance

Irregular or poor attendance at school leads to pupils underachieving and under-performing in their learning. As well as academically it can also affect them socially and emotionally.

AttendanceDays MissedStatus
95%9 days absence (1 week, 4 days)Satisfactory
90%19 days absence (3 weeks, 4 days)Poor
85%28 days absence (5 weeks, 3 days)Unacceptable
80%38 days absence (7 weeks, 3 days)Unacceptable
75%46 days absence (9 weeks, 1 day)Unacceptable


Lateness has a strong negative on children’s learning. The children may arrive between 8.45 and 9.00am.

Children who arrive late to school must report to the school office. Parents of children who are persistently late for school will meet with school staff.


Do not keep your child at home ‘just in case’ when they could be at school learning. School will always contact you if your child needs to go home. Medication can be administered in school with authorisation from the Head Teacher.

If your child is ill, please inform school by 8.30am each day and give an estimated time when they will return. Failure to do so may incur an unauthorised absence. Phone every day, it is your responsibility to let us know.

Medical Appointments

If a child needs to see the doctor, dentist or visit the hospital, we ask parents/carers to make appointments out of school hours. However, if your child needs to leave school during the school day you must always inform the office staff.

If it is to attend a medical appointment, evidence, such as a letter, appointment card, text message or signed compliment slip must be shown to the office staff before an authorised absence will be granted. Without evidence, the absence will be unauthorised.

Holidays During Term Time

Holidays in term time are not permitted and will not be authorised by school unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Parents/carers who choose to take holiday in term time must inform school and fill out the appropriate paperwork. Parents/carers are at risk of a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Local Authority. For further information, please see our Attendance and Punctuality Policy.

What will school do if my child’s attendance is low?

If your child’s attendance is below 96%, you will be contacted and asked to meet with school staff. Depending on the level of attendance and the circumstances for absence, school will work with you to improve the situation. In some cases, we may make a referral to CASS for support. If attendance fails to improve, parents could face prosecution through the Fast Track approach.

We are Here to Help

Paget has a network of support and offer advice to our families on any aspect of school life. If you wish to speak to Miss Spiers, you can contact her via the telephone.