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My name is Lesley Sabourn and I am the School Attendance Officer. It is very important that your child has good attendance in school as not only will this be of great benefit to them academically, but will also help them to develop socially and emotionally and to form strong friendship groups.

I am in school every Monday and I am happy to help you with any queries or questions you have in relation to school attendance. I may also be in contact with some families where school attendance has started to fall below 90%.


I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the policies we have in school relating to attendance and punctuality.

School Attendance - school’s attendance target for all pupils is 96% and above. Should your child need to be absent, we do expect parents/carers to contact us as soon as possible to inform us of the reason for this. If we are unable to get a reason for your child’s absence, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Punctuality – Lessons start at 8:55 am. Phonics, grammar and other important core topic information is given to the children at the beginning of the day starting at 8:55 am. Children must be in school at this time to prevent them from missing the beginning of their lessons and falling behind.

Leave of absence in term time (holidays) – DfE regulations stipulate that as from September 2022, Headteacher’s are not able to authorise holidays during term time.  Should you take your child out of school for a leave of absence during term time, this will be marked as unauthorised, and in some cases, may result in a Fixed Penalty (fine) being issued by the Local Authority.


Lesley Sabourn

School Attendance Officer

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