Attendance & Punctuality

Parents are reminded that once a pupil is registered at Nursery Hill Primary School they have a legal responsibility to send their child to school regularly.

Please read our school policy and guidance for parents in relation to attendance, and click here to view term dates for 2021/22.

Reporting an absence

For safety reasons, please let us know if your child is going to be absent. If your child fails to arrive at school without explanation, we will contact you just to make sure that your child is safe.


If a child is ill the parent / guardian should contact school that morning to advise us of their absence. Please call the office or use the form below to explain the reason for absence.

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Return to School


EYFS - 8:40am - 3.15pm.

Year 1, 2 & 3 - 8:45am - 3.15pm.

Year 4, 5 & 6 - 8:45am - 3.20pm.

On return to school a letter should be sent explaining the reason for absence so that we can judge whether the absence should be authorised or not.


If attendance falls below 90%, medical evidence will be required to authorise absence.


We have staggered start times to the day. Please make sure your child is at school on time, if your child is not here, they are missing out on key learning. Arriving five minutes late may not seem like a long time but if it happens repeatedly it all adds up.


It can be quite unnerving walking into a class of children who are already working and know what they are doing and everyone's eyes look at you.


Please make every effort to arrive at school on time. Doors are open from 8:45am. If parking is an issue, why not come early? Repeated lateness may result in an unauthorised absence.

If for any reason your child arrives at school after 9:00am, they must come to the school office to be registered as the other doors are shut for security reasons at that time.

Persistent Absence

The Government announced that from 1st September 2015 the Persistent Absence (PA) threshold would be reduced from 15% to 10%.


A pupil becomes a ‘persistent absentee’ when they miss 10% or more of schooling across the school year for whatever reason. 


This means that during a school year, a pupil will be considered to be persistently absent if they:

  • Have missed 7 days or more by the end of Autumn term.

  • Have missed 12 and a half days or more by the end of Spring term.

  • Have missed 19 days or more by the end of the school year.

Minimum attendance of 96% (10 days absence per year) means that during primary years the child will miss more than a term of education.  If attendance is between 90-96% (10-20 days absence per year) it means that during primary years the child will miss 2 or more terms of education.  


If attendance is between 85-90% (20-30 days absence per year) it means that during primary years the child will miss over a year of education.  

Working to reduce our Persistent Absence Levels

As a school we know the benefits of regular attendance for children’s learning. Those children who are persistently absent are at risk of not reaching their full potential. We want to work together with all of our parents to support you in helping your child reach their full potential.

Pupil absence in 2018/19

It is now mandatory for all children to attend school. 

Overall Absence at Nursery Hill Primary School was 4.4%. This compared to 4% as an average for all state funded schools in England.  


Absence is the percentage of possible mornings or afternoons recorded as an absence from school for whatever reason, whether authorised or unauthorised, across the full academic year.

Persistent Absence at Nursery Hill Primary School was 14%. This compared to 8.2 % as an average for all state funded schools in England. ​


Persistent Absence is the percentage of pupils missing 10% or more of the mornings or afternoons they could attend, meaning that if a pupil’s overall rate of absence is 10% or higher across the full academic year they will be classified as persistently absent.

Click here to access more information on attendance available at the Department for Education Website.