The expectation at Park Way Primary School is for every child to have 100% attendance.


All children with 100% attendance are rewarded at the end of each term in a celebration assembly.  Outstanding attendance has immeasurable benefits for children and gives them the best possible opportunity to be successful both academically and pastorally.  Your child will achieve better when they come to school all day, every school day.

If your child is absent from school, you must call first thing on the first day of absence and everyday thereafter. Medical evidence is required for absence to be authorised.

To report your child as absent, please call the school office on 01622 753651.  If no-one is available to take your call, please leave a message on the answerphone stating the specific illness that your child has.  This is because schools have to notify the Public Health Agency for some illnesses and conditions.  Thank you.





Attendance Ted and Punctuality Puppy

Attendance Ted is awarded, on a weekly basis, to any class that has 100% attendance for the previous week.

Punctuality Puppy is awarded, on a weekly basis, to the class with the best punctuality.

Holidays in Term Time

Please be aware that all holiday taken in term time will be unauthorised unless it is in exceptional circumstances.  You will be issued with a penalty notice and fined.  You need to get permission from the Headteacher, giving at least 2 weeks notice, if you are planning to take your child out of school.

Your child may be allowed to miss school for:

  • a death in the family or funeral
  • doctor, hospital or dental appointments where these cannot be made out of school hours
  • religious observance

Your child will not be allowed to miss school for:

  • persistent, non-specific illness e.g. unwell, poorly
  • absence of siblings if other child is ill
  • shopping trips
  • waiting in for a delivery
  • family birthdays
  • visits from relatives
  • family outings
  • not having the correct school uniform
  • family holidays
  • oversleeping

If you do not get permission and you take your child out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and your child could be considered a truant.


Being late can:

  • disrupt lessons
  • affect achievement
  • embarrass and upset your child

Being late adds up to loss of learning:

  • 5 minutes late every day adds up to 3 days lost each year.
  • 10 minutes adds up to 6 days lost each year.
  • 15 minutes adds up to 10 days lost each year (2 weeks).
  • 20 minutes adds up to 13 days lost each year.
  • 30 minutes adds up to 19 days lost each year.

Being on time means not missing out!


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