Attendance and Absence

Staniland Academy actively promotes and rewards good attendance so please make sure your child attends regularly and on time.  The school gate is open from 8:40 a.m. each morning so children can enter before registration at 8:50 a.m.  After this time, please go to the school office.  At the end of the day the school gate opens at 3:20 p.m. for dismissal.

Time missed from school may affect academic progress and children may find work more difficult when they return.  Younger children may also find it hard to socialise with their classmates.

Phoning the school if your child is absent

  • Please ring the school absence line on 01205 365527 and choose Option 1 from the menu to leave a message.  You must contact the school on every day of absence.
  • If your child is absent and we have not received a message, you will be sent a text message reminder for you to inform the school of your child’s absence.
  • If school is not notified of an absence after a text message has been sent, school will phone to find out about an absence.
  • If no contact is made with the school, please be aware that a home visit may be made by our Education Welfare Officer.


Over a year lateness leads to a loss of learning:

  • 5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost,
  • 10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days lost
  • 15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost

Strategies for Improving Attendance

  • Inform the school immediately on first day of absence
  • After illness make sure your child makes a prompt return to school
  • Take holidays only during the school holiday periods
  • Make medical and dental appointments outside school time when possible
  • Monitor your child’s attendance closely
  • Establish good bedtime and morning routines
  • Prepare for the school day and pack bags the night before
  • Address any anxieties and concerns early.  Contact your class teacher for support.


If your child is prescribed medicine by the doctor then the following rules apply:

  • Medicine prescribed 3 times per day WILL NOT be given by staff. Parents can give the prescribed dosage morning, after school and bed time.
  • Medicine prescribe 4 times per day WILL be given by a member of the administration staff but parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.

For safety reasons, no children should be bringing medicines or tablets to school in their lunch boxes.  Generally we would expect a child to have no more than 48 hours off school if they are given medication from the doctor unless absolutely necessary.  Any child suffering from diarrhea should also be kept off school for 48 hours.


Government regulations introduced in September 2013 state that pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time.  The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for this.

Any absence may now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. The decision rests with the Headteacher.  Please note that in the interest of fairness, there will be no authorised holidays and to avoid personal bias, government legislation will be adhered to at Staniland Academy.

Should you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances during term time, an appointment will need to be made with the Headteacher and you should contact the school office in the first instance.

Absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine being issued under Section 444(B) of the Education Act 1996.