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Attendance and punctuality is always a high priority at Metheringham Primary School. Every day counts towards excellent attendance. As a school, we aim for all pupils to achieve an attendance level of 95% and above. Any pupil falling below a level of 90% attendance is considered to be persistent absentee. The school and the local authority monitor pupil’s attendance regularly and families are kept updated on their child’s level of attendance. 

In order to get off to a good start and maintain 95% attendance and above we have included the following chart for your information: 

Excellent attendance is acknowledged and rewarded each week/term. Rewards include stickers, trophies, certificates, extra playtimes and class rewards to name a few. Children who achieve 100% attendance for the whole academic year will receive an excellence certificate. 

Reporting Absences:

In order to accurately record a child's reason for absence, the school asks parents to contact the school office every day when the child is not in school. Please do so by calling or emailing the school office and leaving a message or speaking to a member of staff.

Holidays During Term Time: 

Taking holidays in term time will affect a child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time. There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday. The law makes it clear that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  

We will expect all families to complete a leave of absence request form (available on our school website) if they deem a request for time off in term time to be an exceptional circumstance. Requests that are not deemed exceptional circumstances by our Headteacher will be classed as unauthorised and may result in a fixed penalty notice and a fine from the Local Authority.