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Attendance and Punctuality

The Importance of

Good School Attendance and Punctuality


Research shows that good school attendance impacts upon children’s success in learning.  Good attendance helps children to achieve good results, helps them to fulfil their potential and gives them a chance of a better future. 


At Burradon, we are committed to ensuring that each and every child in our school fulfils their potential.  To help us achieve this we want all of our children to have the best possible attendance. 


We want to see all our pupils with above 96% attendance


Every day that your child is absent from school is an opportunity missed. Schools and parents / carers have a shared responsibility to ensure that children attend school regularly and on time.

Punctuality is also just as important as attendance.  Burradon Community Primary School starts at 8:50am every morning.  It is important that children arrive in school on time as it supports them to learn good timekeeping and also reduces classroom disruption for the other children and themselves.


Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education.  At Burradon we work closely with families to support them to achieve the best possible outcomes for their children.


What can parents / carers do to help?

  • Ensure your child attends school every day and on time.
  • If your child is not well enough to attend contact the school by 10am on the first day of absence.
  • Try to make dental and medical appointments outside of school time or at weekends.
  • Take family holidays during the school holiday.  We are unable to authorize term time holidays.
  • Contact us immediately if you need help or support with your child’s attendance or punctuality.  


Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance and punctuality. There are only 190 school days in a year and we want to see every child at school every day because every school day counts!


Unfortunately, attendance for 2019-2020 was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with school closing to most pupils during March 2020.  


For 2020/2021, we are aiming for 95.6% or above (Y1-Y6) - we can do it!!!


Our attendance for 2018-2019 was 95.3%  (Y1-Y6).


Traffic light attendance system explanation letter for parents / carers

Attendance Leaflet for parents / carers

Unauthorised absence including holiday request letter - Changes starting 1st September 2020