King Richard III Infant and Nursery School

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Raising attendance is a top priority for us - please help us to help your child by bringing them into school every day. Thank you.

Attendance - lateness and absences


Our gates close at 9am each day, so any child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who arrives after this time will be late. 


If you are bringing your child late to school, please bring them straight to the school office. You will be asked to sign your child in as they will have missed the register. They will be recorded with a late mark.


Should this become a regular issue, we will arrange for you to meet with members of our attendance team to see if there is support which can be offered to you to try and improve punctuality. Being late for school means that your child is missing out on vital learning.


Should your child be ill or unable to attend school for any reason, you must phone the school office as soon as possible,. 


Our Attendance Policy tells parents what happens if a child misses a day of school and we are not informed of the reason for their absence. 


  • On Day 1, we will text, email and call to try and find out why your child is not in school. If both parents have Parental Responsibility we will ring both numbers. If we haven't heard anything by the end of the day we will ring the other emergency contacts which you have provided. 
  • On Day 2, we will text, email and call both parents (when both have PR) if we still do not know why they are not in school. Again, we will ring other emergency contacts listed. 
  • On Day 3, we will text, email and call all contacts, and - if we still have had no contact - we will do a home visit. This is to check that you and your child are safe and well. 


If we have reason to be concerned about safeguarding or wellbeing, and have not managed to make contact via text, email or calling all listed emergenc contacts  on Day 1, this may trigger a home visit. This would be the case for any child who has Social Care involvement or is on Early Help. 


If we are unable to make contact we would refer you and your child to the Education Welfare Officer at the Local Authority. 


Please remember that our policy states that we will always ask for evidence of the reason for your child's absence if they are too unwell to attend school. This could be in the form of a note from your GP, an appointment card or letter. 

Attendance MATTERS!