Sidegate Primary School

Seize Opportunity, Create Success

Attendance (Late/Absence Procedures)

IMPORTANT: Government Guidance - Self-isolation (quarantine) following travel

Please refer to the guidance published under September Opening (link below). 


Letter from NHS Test and Trace - clarity for parents on when / when not to keep their child at home.

Why is attendance at school so important?  Read the guides below.


Refer to our Attendance Policy under our Policies section, which includes temporary COVID-19 Amendments approved by the Governing Body on 14th July 2020.

Timing changes from 2nd November

From September we will be operating staggered start and finish times. 

Please click here to view our September Opening 2020 FAQ's for more detailed information.  


Every Day Counts


To ensure that all pupils fulfil their full potential, they need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind their peers. Research shows that children with poor attendance tend to achieve less well in primary school and in turn achieve significantly less well in their secondary school education.


The staff at Sidegate wish to create a culture of learning where children are happy, enthusiastic, motivated and ambitious; when children arrive late to class this affects their access to the curriculum and has a huge impact on their social and emotional well-being.


To help us and your child achieve their full potential please ensure your child arrives on the school playground before the whistle blows at 8.50am at the start of each day.


If your child arrives at school after 8.50am your child MUST enter the building via the front office to report to a member of the office staff and a late mark will be recorded. If your child arrives after registration closes at 9.00am an unauthorised mark will be recorded.


If your child receives 10 sessions (there are 2 sessions in a school day – morning and afternoon) marked as unauthorised in one term you could be liable for prosecution via the Education Attendance Service. Our Attendance Policy can be accessed here.  


Please be aware that as of September 2014, the Local Authority will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to all parents of children with 10 or more unauthorised sessions within a term. The Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 per parent per child. If you are likely to receive a Penalty Notice, the school will send you a letter one week in advance to give you the opportunity to discuss with us if you feel that our attendance records are inaccurate.


All absence requests should be made using the school’s Absence Request form, copies of which are available from the school office or attached below.


Please try to arrange medical/dental appointments for outside of school hours; we appreciate that this is not always possible. If your child needs to attend an appointment please inform the school office in writing.


Raising children’s attainment is most effective when staff, parents and children understand their responsibilities and work together. Thank you for your support.


For any queries regarding our attendance policy, please contact Mr Bishop via the school office.

Sidegate Education Welfare Officer contact information: Alison Woods 01473 265148


Absence Request Form