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Promoting positive behaviour and excellent attendance is the responsibility of the whole school community. The school will promote positive behaviour and good attendance through its use of curriculum and learning materials. Good attendance and behaviour by pupils will be recognised appropriately. All children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.


Permitting absence from school without a good reason can constitute an offence by the parent. All schools have a duty in law to refer any absence of 10 days or more where they have been unable to make contact with a parent, carer or child or have general concerns about the absence to the children missing in Education Officer.


Schools are required to take an attendance register twice a day, and this shows whether the pupil is present, engaged in an approved educational activity off-site, or absent. If a pupil of compulsory school age is absent every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school, as either authorised or unauthorised. absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness or other unavoidable cause.


Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable. Forms of unauthorised absence include:

  • Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • Truancy before or during the school day
  • Absences for which no appropriate explanation has been given
  • Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark


Parents whose children are experiencing difficulties should contact the school at an early stage and work together with the staff in resolving any problems. This is nearly always successful. If difficulties cannot be sorted out in this way, the school or the parent may refer the child to the Family Services at the County Council. Officers will also try to resolve the situation with voluntary support, if other ways of trying to improve the child’s attendance have failed, these Officers can issue Penalty Notices or use court proceedings to prosecute parents or to seek an Education Supervision Order on the child. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine of £2500 and/or 3 months imprisonment.


Alternatively, parents or children may wish to contact Family Services themselves to ask for independent, impartial help or information. They are independent of the school and will give impartial advice. A telephone number for Family Services is available from the school office or by contacting the Local Authority.


At Inkersall Primary Academy our school day begins at 8.55am and finishes at 3.30pm.