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St Andrew's Southgate

Primary School (CE)

'Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God' Micah 6 : 8

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Lateness/Absence Procedure



Attendance at school is very important and the government published new guidance last year.  The guidance states that ‘Headteachers should not grant leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances’.  If it is necessary to request leave of absence for your child, it must be made in advance and in writing, stating clearly the exceptional reasons for the request.  The headteacher will consider each request to decide if the absence can be authorised and a reply will be sent to you.


Here are some ways we promote excellent attendance and punctuality:

Weekly award with class with the fewest lates OTIS bear -On Time in School award

Personal award of OTIS for the weekend  for pupils with most improved punctuality

Termly Marvelous Me attendance badges sent for pupils with 100%

Regular support for families to help improve pupil attendance


Absence due to illness


If your child is away due to illness please ring the school to inform us by 8.50am on the day of absence (please select option 1 “to report your child’s absence” and leave a message on the welfare answer machine giving brief details to include your child’s name, class and reason for absence). Alternatively you can email or go through the school's website.


Email - recording the above information

School website-' Contact us ' then select 'report an absence'


Upon your child's return to school, if you reported your child's absence by telephone and not sent an email, you should provide a written note  to explain their absence.  The London Borough of Enfield’s Education Welfare Officer checks our registers every term to ensure that a high standard of attendance and punctuality is maintained.


Please avoid using the word ‘sick’ unless the child has been vomiting.  There are strict rules about children who have been vomiting or who have had diarrhoea:  they must not return to school until at least 48 hours have elapsed with no symptoms.


The school does not give medication to children unless there are exceptional circumstances.  You must speak to the Welfare Officer if you are concerned.


Please make sure that the school knows where to contact you during the school day, just in case of emergencies.  If your telephone number or mobile number changes - please don’t forget to inform the Office in writing.


Absence due to medical/other appointments


Parents are advised, where possible, to make routine medical and dental appointments outside of the normal school day. Where this is not possible, pupils should attend for part of the day. Please inform us of the appointment, in writing, in advance of the appointment date.


Late arrival , Pick-up and Early pick up


Punctuality is essential. If a child misses the start of the day, they can miss important teaching and vital information concerning the school day. Children arriving late can also disrupt lessons and it can be embarrassing for the child. Good time-keeping is a vital skill which will help our children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world.


If your child arrives late at school, ie after registration - for whatever reason - then you must enter the school through the main entrance door and report to the School Office so that your child can be added to the school register.


If you need to take your child out of school early, then you MUST -


1.         Inform the Welfare Officer or School office either verbally or via email.

2.         Sign out your child in the register in the Office.

3.         Report to the Office on your return if you are bringing your child back to school.


Any children who have not been collected by 3.40pm will be brought to the School Office and a telephone call made to the primary contact to establish the pick-up arrangements. A record is kept of all children who are picked up after 3.40pm.