Leavening Community Primary prides itself on its attendance record. We believe that regular attendance at school is key to enabling pupils to thrive socially, emotionally and mentally as well as progress and enjoy learning. It ultimately ensures young people have the maximum life chances.

At Leavening we aim to achieve an average of 98% attendance for the year across the whole school. We work hard to support our families and regularly monitor all children’s attendance. In order to encourage good attendance we will:

  • Ensure children want to come to school each day through the high quality education and pastoral care they receive here.
  • Issue termly good attendance certificates at assemblies;
  • Present an award to pupils with 100% attendance at the end of each year to recognise their outstanding attendance.

As parents we ask you to help by:

  • Notifying the school promptly if your child is ill or is absent for any other unavoidable reason.
  • Making non-urgent medical appointments outside of school hours;
  • Booking all holidays outside of term time as Leavening will not authorise term time absences for family holidays. Please remember that there are 190 days of school which leaves 175 days to book family holidays and celebrations;
  • Making sure children arrive promptly to school. Children need to be seated in class ready for the register at 9 am and should not be just entering school at this time.  Notes will be sent home each week with children that are late 3 time or more per week and we may have to schedule an appointment for you to meet with our Leadership Team if the lateness continues. 

Medical issues- not sure when you are allowed to send your child to school if they have medical issues? Read this handy guide produced by the NHS to help you.

Please see our main policies to view the school’s attendance policy

Why attendance matters…

Good attendance affirmations…

Good attendance at school is not just about learning, it’s essential for your child’s wellbeing.

Good attendance will help your child make friends and develop social skills.

Good attendance will help your child learn life skills, team values and have fun.

Good attendance will support your child with a more well-rounded cultural awareness.

Good attendance will support your child in learning more about possible career pathways.

Is my child too ill to go to school?
Unsure about whether to send your child to school?
Please read this recent guidance from the NHS.
Is my child too ill for school? – NHS (

School Attendance Support Pathway 

Information for Parents 


School begins at 8.45am prompt. It is important that your child is in school for this time as this is when their learning begins.

Arriving at school on time There is a clear link between attendance and attainment; the more time a pupil spends in school the more likely they are to improve their opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

Being on time is a good thing!Gets the day off to a good start with everyone in a positive frame of mind.Helps your child make the most of their learning and sets positive patterns for the future.Helps children develop a sense of responsibility both for themselves and for othersHelps your child make and keep friends.Improves self confidence. 

 The impact of being late!Gets the day off to a bad start and can put you in a mood.Can be embarrassingMay damage your child’s confidence.Children miss vital  information at the start of the day.Disrupts the learning.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:• Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.• Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.• Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year. 

Some things that may help:Help your child get everything ready the night before (e.g. PE kit, school uniform)Allowing plenty of time to get to schoolMake sure your child has breakfast or arrives at school in time for breakfast club.Help your child organise homework.Establish a good bedtime routine