St Andrew's C of E Primary Academy

Inspiring children to achieve their personal best


Children’s regular attendance at school is important and has an impact on their learning.  Research has proved that pupils who do not regularly attend school are more likely to fall short of achieving their full academic potential. We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Children are expected to arrive promptly to begin learning.

Children may enter via the front gates from 8.40am ready for the start of school at 8.50am.
3.10pm – Early Years and Year 1
3.15pm - Years 2/3 to 6

Parents may wait inside the school gates for children to exit via the hall (with the exception of Year 6 who walk round the side of the school).


EYFS/Year 1 = 32 hours and 30 minutes per week

Year 2/3 to 6 = 32 hours and 55 minutes per week


What to do if my child is not able to attend school


  • When a child is absent, parents/carers need to contact the school with specific reasons: 01206 210638
  • Medical/dental appointments should be booked outside of the school day. Where this is not possible, a Notification of Medical Appointment form must be completed (see below). We will require evidence to support this form (e.g. appointment card, hospital letter etc.).
  • There is no entitlement for parents to take their child out of school during term time. However, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.  You will need to complete a Leave of Absence form (which can be downloaded below).


Initial contact and monitoring will be made with parents if attendance falls below 94%Persistent absence is when a child’s attendance falls below 90% and this will be followed up by the school and/or the Local Authority.