Ayresome Primary has very high levels of children entering and exiting school annually (200 pupils in 2018-19).


Every effort is made to combat the impact upon attendance figures but large numbers of Children Missing in Education beyond schools control and carrying those figures on roll do impact on overall attendance figures. The percentage of CME pupils is around 10% of the schools population which is extremely high. 


At Ayresome Primary School, there is a continual focus on the importance of attendance and punctuality to ensure that each pupil has access to the full curriculum. However, it is acknowledged that there may be situations when it may not be possible for a pupil to attend school, such as when a pupil is ill and they are recommended to stay off school by their doctor.


We are very grateful that most of our parents are keen to work with us. We ask you to telephone the school by 9.30 a.m. if your child is absent from school. Messages can be left on the answer phone at any time during the evening or early morning – telephone number  01642 244961.


Holidays during school term time

  • From 1st September 2013 Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Evidence of exceptional circumstances will be required by the Head Teacher who will make a decision based on individual cases.
  • 2 week’s leave of absence in term time reduces your child’s attendance to 95% over a year.
  • It equates to your child missing half a day per fortnight of their education.
  • Pupils are only in school for 190 days each year.
  • There are 175 other days for holidays and other activities.


More information about can been obtained from here


As a parent, you’re legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly unless you’re home-educating your child. “If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence” under s.444 (1) Education Act 1996.


There is a clear link between attendance and attainment. It seems very obvious that pupils who are good attenders, succeed far better than those whose attendance is poor. Every day your child is absent impacts upon their education and opportunities in adult life. Did you know that…….

  • 90% attendance = ½ day missed every week!
  • 90% for the whole year -miss out on 4 full weeks of learning!
  • Over 5 years at 90% attendance miss out on half a school year!
Attendance %Number of days absent in one yearChances of achieving 5A* - C%


The Importance of Punctuality

  • If your child is late 6 minutes every day
  • If there are 5 lessons each day and each lesson lasts one hour, this means that every day your child misses out on 10% of learning
  • If there are 10 sessions a week, that means missing out on one full session a week
  • If there are 10 weeks in a term, your child misses out on 1 whole week per term
  • If there are 3 terms each year your child misses out on 3 weeks a year which is equivalent to having 90% attendance


Please help us and your child by ensuring their attendance remains above 96%. Anything below 96% is unacceptable at Ayresome Primary School. Help your child to achieve their full potential.

It’s a tough world out there! Let’s work together to make sure they are ready for it!


Core attendance focus.

At Ayresome Primary School we are continually monitoring, evaluating and developing the learning experience we provide to ensure that all pupils have access to a quality education where they can excel academically and socially. For pupils to achieve their potential, they must be able to access the education that is being provided, and it is our priority to support our pupils to overcome any barriers to learning to ensure perfect attendance.


Parents/carers should:

  • Ensure their children attend regularly and on time.
  • Notify school as early as possible on the first day of absence
  • Ensure that contact details on school records are kept updated
  • Avoid booking holidays during term time.
  • Not keep their children away from school for trivial reasons
  • Ask for support from the school and the local authority should their child be at risk of not attending school
  • Speak well of the school and support the school’s staff


Pupils should:

  • Go to bed at a reasonable time and set an alarm to ensure that they wake-up on time
  • Plan their journey to school to ensure that they arrive on time
  • Eat a balanced diet to ensure good health or attend Breakfast Club
  • Aim for 100% attendance
  • Take responsibility for their attendance and punctuality
  • Find out about the rewards that are available for excellent attendance
  • Talk to a member of staff if they have concerns which may affect their attendance
  • Act on advice from staff to improve attendance
  • Have friends who are positive and want to see them succeed and be happy


Ayresome Primary School will:

  • Inform pupils of the academic and social benefits of having excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Provide pupils with ideas of how they can improve their attendance and punctuality
  • Issue rewards to pupils who have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Contact parents/carers on the first day of a child’s absence
  • Provide information about support services that parents/carers can access to improve the attendance of their children
  • Make attendance a whole school priority


Family Holidays During Term-time

The Government in September 2013 removed the Headteacher’s power to authorise up to ten days holiday for families during term time. Any holidays taken during term time will be unauthorised and families fined for removing their child from school. Per child. Only in very exceptional circumstances, permission should be sought from the Headteacher for emergency leave on behalf of the Governors.

The governors and staff at Ayresome Primary School therefore insist that parents and carers book family holidays to coincide with school closures, as lengthy periods of absence are proven to be detrimental to a child’s education.

For more information, please contact the School Office.