Athersley North Primary School


Attendance At Athersley North

Athersley North Primary School is committed to providing a full and effective education to all pupils and embraces the concept of equal opportunities for all.

We will endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome.
For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential.
We will consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents/carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

School attendance is subject to various education laws and this school’s attendance policy is written to reflect these laws and the guidance produced by The Department for Education.

Holidays in Term Time

Term time holidays and extended leave are not permitted and will not be authorised as stated in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.


If a child is absent, parents/carers should call the school on the first day, stating the reason for the absence. If no contact is made by parents/carers explaining the absence on the first day, the school will try to phone to secure an explanation. Where the school is unable to make contact by phone, a letter or text message will be sent.


All children are expected to be present on the school playground for 8.50am for the start of the school day. Any pupil arriving after this time will need to enter via the main school reception. Children arriving after 9.00am will be coded as late before registration close. The registration period is 9.00am to 9.30am. Any child arriving after registration at 9.30am will be coded ‘U’ which is classed as late after close of registration.