Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery

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Late/Absence Procedures

Attendance & Absence

Attendance and Requests for leave of absence

The school day starts at 8.35am. School finishes at 3.15pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:35am until 1:35pm on Fridays (except Nursery).

We expect pupils to arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day.


It is the parents’ responsibility to truthfully communicate reasons for their child’s absence to the school by 8.45am on the morning of each absence.  This can be done by either calling the school office absence line on 01793 529106 or emailing


Our Attendance & Absence Policy can be found by clicking on this link: 

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It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.

95% - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance.
95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.


All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance either in writing or by completion of the school form; 'Application for absence in term time', which is available below in MS Word and Adobe pdf format. Absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a good attendance percentage?
A. 95 - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance. 95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.


Q. What is poor attendance?
A. Anything below 95% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.


Q. What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 95%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.


Q. Isn't my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The School may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.

If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time parents will be served a penalty notice by Swindon Education Welfare Office (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad, a fine of £120 for two children who live with a single parent)

Did you know there are 175 non school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc


Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school. The school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child's attendance.


Q. What should I do if my child is absent?
A. Contact the school on the first day and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence.