Bellefield CofE Primary & Nursery School


Having excellent attendance is incredibly important for a child's education and for their well-being. As such, we promote excellent attendance and expect children to be in school at all times. 

Our school gates open shortly after 8.40 and classroom doors open at 8.45.  School starts at 8.50.  If a child arrives after 9am, they will be marked in the register at late.  If they arrive after 9.10, they will be marked in the register as unauthorised absence.

The only reason your child should be away from school is if they are ill. If your child is only under the weather, they should be in school. We will always look after your children and we will call you if we think they are too unwell to be here. If in doubt, bring your child to school. If your child has been ill and they are recovering, they do not need to be 100% before they return. We are happy to administer medication prescribed by a medical professional as long as you sign a consent form.

Please try to make medical and dental appointments out of school hours wherever possible.

You should not be taking leave during term time. There are very few valid reasons for doing this. A penalty fine will be incurred if you take more than 5 days (10 sessions) unauthorised leave of absence in a six month period. 

If your child is absent, please let us know. We will ring you on the first day of any absence if you have not contacted us. 

If your child's attendance drops below 96%, you will receive and attendance letter 1. If your child's attendance does not improve, you may receive a second letter or be asked to come in and meet with one of our attendance leads.  If your child's attendance drops below 90%, the Head Teacher will ask to see you. At 85% we will involve the Education Welfare Service based at County Hall. 

In 2018/19 our attendance was 96.21%

During 2019-2021 attendance tracking was put on hold with the difficulties around COVID 19.

In 2021-22 our attendance was 93.4%

Our current attendance for 2022 - February 2023 is 94.2%

We report weekly the class attendance and whole school attendance in our weekly newsletters.

A copy of our attendance policy can be found here.

A Parent's Guide to Attendance can be found here. A Polish version of this document can be found here