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Attendance Policy (click to view)



You are encouraged to contact school in relation to any school attendance issues or concerns.

We aim to support parents in their legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.

Telephone: 01623 624709


The Mansfield Primary Academy aims to encourage excellent levels of attendance and punctuality to enable all pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

Registration Procedures The register will be marked twice each day at morning and afternoon registration time.

Morning Registration

  • The external doors are opened at 8.45 a.m
  • Pupils are expected to be in class at 8.50 a.m
  • A full attendance mark will be given up to 9.05 a.m
  • After 9.05 a.m. a late mark will be issued.
  • Full instructions for marking the register are to be found at the front of the register.

Children arriving late enter school through the main entrance and the parents are asked for a reason of late arrival which is recorded on to SIMS. Afternoon Registration Pupils are expected to be in class at 12.45 p.m. for KS1 and 1.00 p.m. for KS2. A late mark will be issued if the child is more than ten minutes late.


An authorised absence is:

  • Illness (medical evidence will be requested)
  • Illness with a risk to others (infection).
  • A death in the immediate family.
  • A religious holiday (explained in advance).

An unauthorised absence is:

  • When there is no suitable or acceptable explanation for the child’s absence.
  • Holidays are not condoned by the academy and they are treated as an unauthorised absence.
  • Medical and dental appointments which are made in school time.

Positive Action Class targets are set for 100% attendance each week for both attendance and for punctuality. When classes achieve this, they receive a special prize and parents are invited into the school to take part in the celebrations. Pupils receive a reward for termly and whole year 100% attendance. Each week the attendance of each class is discussed in the Star of the Week assembly and the scores placed on the attendance display. The class with the highest attendance have the Mansfield Primary Unicorn for the week.

The effects of non-attendance and lateness Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. The Government’s target for attendance for Primary School Pupils is at least 95%. Pupils whose absence is over 15% is classified a ‘persistent absentee’.

How does your child’s attendance compare with this target? The table ‘Effects of non-attendance’ indicates how just a few days absence can result in children missing a significant number of lessons. It is proved that children who miss a lot of school achieve less.

Effects of non-attendance Attendance during school year Equates to days absent Which is approximately Which means the number of lessons missed 94%    10 Days      2 Weeks     50 Lessons 90%    19 Days      4 Weeks   100 Lessons 85%    29 Days      6 Weeks   150 Lessons 80%    38 Days      8 Weeks   200 Lessons 75%    48 Days    10 Weeks   250 Lessons 70%    57 Days 11.5 Weeks   290 Lessons 65%    67 Days 13.5 Weeks   340 Lessons

Late Arrival at School When a child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late. The table ‘Effects of Late Arrival at School’ indicates how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others. Please help children in your care to be punctual.

Effects of Late Arrival at School Minutes late per Day Equates to Days of Teaching Lost in one Year Which means this number of lessons missed 5 mins    10 Days    17 Lessons 10 mins      7 Days    35 Lessons 15 mins 10.5 Days    52 Lessons 20 mins    14 Days    70 Lessons 25 mins    21 Days  104 Lessons