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Marsh Lane Primary School

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The staff and governors at Marsh Lane Primary School are committed to ensuring the highest possible school attendance for all its pupils.

Our aim is to work alongside parents and families to ensure that pupil attendance is
above the national average.  

At Marsh Lane Primary we seek to ensure that all of our pupils receive a full-time education, which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential.  We continually strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

Pupils can come into school from 8.45am and the school day starts promptly at 8.50 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 8.50 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late. Registers close at 9.00 a.m.

Pupils arriving at school after 8.50 a.m. must enter through the main gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are signed out.  

What is expected of the pupils?

  • To do all they can to attend school regularly and punctually

  • To inform a trusted adult if they feel that they are being bullied

  • To look after belongings and ensure they are prepared for the day.

What is expected of the Parents?

  • To keep requests for their child to be absent to a minimum

  • To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence

  • To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness

  • To work closely with the school and the Family Support Workers if required, to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance

  • To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in special/exceptional circumstances.

  • To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as SATS

  • To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements

 Leave of Absence Procedures

 As detailed in our Attendance Policy, and in line with DfE guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term other than when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important to discuss this with us as much in advance as possible so we can guide you through the process. 

However, where absence is unauthorised, it could lead to further action being taken including a penalty notice being issued. Department for Education information regarding this is available by following this link:


If your child is poorly and cannot attend school, the absence should be reported by 9.15am at the latest.  You can either ring the school or send a note with a sibling, but we must hear from parents directly rather than from other parents or children.

Our attendance policy can be found here (opens a new window).

Attendance Guidance & Information 

Working together to improve school attendance May-22.pdf

Summary table of responsibilities for attendance May-22.pdf