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ATTENDANCE - Absence Procedures/Late Arrivals

At Broughton Community Infant School we are committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils. We believe that regular attendance at school is vital for effective learning. Children who miss days at school, or arrive late, find it difficult to keep up with class work, are more likely to underachieve, disrupt learning for other pupils, and miss out on vital social bonding time with their peers.

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Absence Procedures


We expect each child to hold an attendance rate of at least 95%; termly attendance sheets are sent out to parents to confirm their child’s attendance record. We do not authorise holidays. We expect everyday medical appointments to be made outside of the school day or within school holidays.  All applications for absence must be made to the Headteacher before arrangements are made.


Acceptable reasons for absence are:

  • Illness of the child
  • Emergency medical appointments
  • A religious event


Applications for absence on compassionate grounds are considered by the Headteacher in consultation with the Governors of the school.  


We recommend that if your child appears mildly unwell before school that they are still sent into school. Staff will always monitor and send them home should they not improve.


Please ensure you inform the school by 9.15am if your child is too ill to attend. Telephone messages can be left on the answer phone outside of school hours (office hours are 8.30am-3.15pm). A letter confirming the reason for absence should be brought in to school when the child returns. Please read our Attendance and Punctuality Policy in full to familiarise yourself with school procedures. 

Late Arrivals


Pupils are expected in arrive in school by 8.50 a.m. and the back entrance doors are closed after this time.  Late arrivals are required to enter through the main entrance doors and register their child in the Late Arrivals book. The school monitors late arrivals on a weekly basis.  With the close of registers at 9.00am, arrival after this time is marked as unauthorised absence. 

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