Attendance at Brookside

Positive Attendance levels remains one of our key targets here at Brookside Primary school, as we feel that a child’s good attendance at school has a direct link to both their academic and social achievements both now and in their future lives. 

We regularly celebrate our children’s attendance achievements throughout the year and have a weekly attendance assembly, where our class with the highest weekly attendance level, is celebrated and a trophy is awarded.  At the end of each term we hold a special attendance assembly where those children who managed to achieve 100% for the whole term are recognised and rewarded. 

As a school we are always striving to make positive improvements and hope that we can work in partnership with you as parents to make this happen.  May we remind all of our parents that time off during the school term is only allowed in exceptional circumstances and all parents/guardians must complete a request form before taking any time off school.



Here are a few tips to help us keep moving forward:

  • Medical appointments, where possible, should be made at the end of the school day. We are aware that circumstances do not always allow for this, but there is an expectation that students should attend school before/after the appointment.

  • All Children should be in school ready to start learning by 9.00am (Registers are taken at this time).  Any child arriving between 9.00am and 9.30am will receive a late mark.  Children arriving after 9.30 will receive an unauthorised absence mark which will affect their attendance.  Any child arriving after 9.00am must come into the school via the front door to be signed into school with a legitimate reason.

  • Do not keep your child off school for minor illnesses e.g. cough or cold.  The school has qualified first aiders who can attend to most issues and if your child is deemed to be too poorly to remain in school you will be contacted to take your child home.

  • Help your child to understand the benefits of regular school attendance.



Attendance Calls – Reminder

 If your child is not able to attend school for a genuine reason you are required to phone the school and inform us as to why your child will be absent on that day and every subsequent day that they are absent. 

If the school is not contacted, a member of staff will contact you by phone to enquire about the reason for absence and to assist in encouraging regular, consistent student attendance.  To help us with this it is therefore vital that all pupils’ contact details are kept up to date.


Attendance Policy

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