Attendance and Punctuality

It is the responsibility of parents to make sure that their child attends school regularly. Our target is for all children to have 97% attendance.

If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent for any reason, we would be grateful if you could let us know by letter or telephone.

If your child is ill and cannot come to school, we would appreciate it if you would telephone to let us know. We check registers every day and if we have not heard from you we will call to make sure everything is alright.

When your child returns to school after a period of illness, please send in a note to explain the absence.  If we do not hear from you we will contact you by text messaging service. We may also try to contact you by telephone.  If we have not received a reason for your child’s absence we   will send a note home asking you to identify reasons for absence.

Parents should plan family holidays to fall during school holidays.  Parents should request a leave of absence form from the school office in advance of any planned absence.  Requests will only be authorised if the circumstances surrounding the request are considered to be very exceptional, as the policy of the governing body is not to authorise absences during term time, unless they are for educational reasons.  It is vital that for all planned absences a form is completed.

Pupil absences for the year 2015-2016 were:

Total number of pupil sessions 75603
Authorised absences 2394 (3.2%)          
Unauthorised absences 768 (1.0%)

Frequent absence significantly disrupts your child’s education. If the level of your child’s attendance gave us cause for concern we would write to inform you and ask you to come into school to discuss it with us. If it continued to give concern then we have a duty to refer the issue to the Local Authority with the aim of giving you the support you may need to help your child attend school.

Children may not be taken out of school for shopping trips, haircuts etc.

These are unauthorised absences.

If your child's attaendance falls below 90% this isclassed as persistant absence and a member of staff will contact you to discuss this further.

Parentsare informed about their child's attendance rates are on the termly report.

Children who achieve 100% or 97% attendance during a half term, are presented with a certificate to celebrate this.

Any class achieving 100% attendance during a week is rewarded with a ‘treat’ of their choice. Good attendance is celebrated during school assembly on Mondays.


Punctuality is also very important.  Children being even a few minutes late each day has an impact on their achievement and their ability to settle well at the start of the school day.

School starts at 8.30am so children should be here a few minutes before so that they can hang up their coat and be in the classroom by 8.30am.  We aim to open the doors between 8.20am and 8.25am.

The entrance doors shut at 8.30am.  A record is kept of the names and times of arrival of children who then need to come through the main door.

Any child arriving after 8.40am has a late mark in the register.  If they arrive after 9.00 am then this is classed as a ‘U’ attendance – late after the register has closed and they do not receive an attendance mark in the official register.

As with attendance, we will work with and support families who are having difficulties with punctuality.

Being on time means a positive start to the day for your child. 

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Contact the School

Mossgate Primary school

Kingsway, Heysham
Morecambe, Lancashire LA3 2EE

Main Contact: Ms. A C Lawler

Tel: 01524 850 736