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Good attendance means that children can achieve good, consistent progress through the school.




Hankham Primary School expects good attendance from its pupils, in order for them to maximise the opportunities that the school has to offer. We rely on our partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved.


We regularly remind parents of their responsibility to notify the school of all absences, by 9.30am on each day of absence, in line with the Local Authority's Safeguarding of Children policy.  If the school is not notified by 9.30am, the school will make every effort to contact parents on the day.  Any absences which are known in advance, such as medical appointments, should be notified to the school in writing beforehand (please use Withdrawal from Learning Application below).

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Attendance is commented upon in each child's Annual Summary Report to Parents.


The School Day

The school day commences at 8.55am.  Registers are taken immediately.  Pupils who are not present for registration will initially be marked absent.  If they arrive before 9.30am this will be changed to present but late.  Any pupil arriving after this time (other than for reasons outlined above) will be marked as arriving after registers have closed.


Authorised and Unauthorised Absence


The law requires that schools must designate between authorised and unauthorised absence.


Authorised absence can be:

  • Sickness
  • Medical/dental appointments
  • Days of religious observance
  • Special circumstances (funerals, sporting/musical performances etc)


Unauthorised absence is:

  • Any holiday taken in term time

Hankham Primary School endorses the Local Authority view that East Sussex schools no longer authorise holidays in term time.  The school follows the guidelines for the issue of Penalty Notices as set out in the DfE guidance on Parental responsibility measures for school attendance and behaviour 2013 summarising the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 and subsequent amendments.  If an unauthorised absence is taken, the school may request the local authority to issue a Penalty Notice.

  • Truancy
  • Any other absence about which the school has not been informed and/or agreed


Monitoring Attendance

Registers are taken twice each school day before being returned to the school office for scrutiny.

Should concerns be raised by such scrutiny, the Headteacher will speak to and/or formally write to the child's parents/carers in order to clarify the situation.

Persistent attendance and punctuality concerns will be brought to the attention of the Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) for their intervention and support.