Attendance and Punctuality



If your child is going to be late or absent then please inform us before 9:00am via the school reception on 01274 731698 

To ensure safety, no pupil should leave school during the school day for any reason unless they have an appointment. Parents/carers have to pick up their child as they will not be allowed to go home or to the appointment on their own during school hours. (Including Yr 5 and 6)

Your responsibilities as a parent

By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive suitable full-time education.

As a parent or guardian, YOU have a legal responsibility for making sure they attend school on a regular basis. If they do not attend, the school will make a referral to the Local Authority for consideration in relation to issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice where a child has missed 20 or more sessions within the previous 10 weeks without permission from school, or consider prosecuting you for an offence under the Education Act 1996. This may result in the Local Authority taking legal action against you in the Magistrates Court. Prosecution for failing to ensure regular attendance at school can be taken where a child is a registered pupil at a school.

Prosecutions are in accordance with Section 444 Education Act 1996.

We expect pupils of St Stephen’s Primary school to maintain a high standard of attendance to enable us to offer them rewards.

The Department for Education (DFE) has changed the law about holidays in school time. The new law states that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time other than in exceptional circumstances. Low cost travel or arrangements made by a family member are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances.

Bradford Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences and challenging those schools and parents that do not follow the new legislation. The local authority can fine parents for failing to ensure their child attends school.


Attendance – on time every day

One of the best things you can do for your children is to make sure they attend nursery on time every day.

 Why attendance is important

 Coming to nursery every day is important because:

 Your child will learn more and do better throughout their education.

Your child will feel happier about coming to nursery if they come every day.

Your child will develop good habits around attendance that will stay with them when they start school.

If your child is unwell…

 Your child should come to nursery every day unless they are unwell.

 If your child is unwell, you must ring the office before 8:45am (morning children) or 12:15pm (afternoon children) to let us know that your child is absent on 01274 731698

 If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they must stay away from school until 48 hours after the symptoms disappear.

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Please read the information below to help protect your child from flu. This could help improve attendance.