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Ingrave Johnstone C of E Primary School


How does this affect my child?


When your child arrives late at school, they miss the teacher’s instructions and the important start to the lesson. Your child may also feel embarrassed about having to enter the classroom late.

Did you know how much learning children miss out on?

Minutes late per day during the school year

Equal days’ worth of teaching lost in a year

5 mins

3.4 days

10 mins

6.9 days

15 mins

10.3 days

20 mins

13.8 days

30 mins

20.7 days


How can I help my child to be punctual?

  • Ensure your child arrives on time. Check with the School about opening times.
  • Prepare packed lunches, school bags and breakfast items the night before.
  • Make sure your alarm clock is set at a reasonable time for getting everyone up and ready for school.

Punctuality is important for your child to start the day off well.


If you need support or advice about punctuality issues, please contact the School Office

Essex Code of Conduct 2019

Attendance Information   2021 2022






Absence should be reported on the absence telephone line – 01277 810218 Option 1 – before 9.30am. A clear reason for the absence should be given ie. Sickness, high temperature, chickenpox. It is not acceptable to say ‘unwell’ or ‘not coming in today’.


If a message is not left office staff will call home to find out where the child is and why they are absent. If we are unable to contact you by telephone we may make a home visit.


If the school believe a child is absent due to holiday when it has been reported as illness the parents will be contacted and the absence will be marked as unauthorised holiday with code 'G'


Medical Appointments – the school ask that wherever possible appointments are made outside of school time. Letters or appointments slips should be shown to the school office in advance.


If your child arrives after 9.30am with no valid reason given they will be marked as ‘U’ which means an unauthorised absence for that session.


Leave of Absence forms should be obtained from the office in advance and returned completed with an accompanying letter stating the reason for the absence. If the request is not approved it will be marked as unauthorised holiday with code 'G' , this may result in the Local Authority issuing a Penalty Notice where there have been 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence recorded. A session is a morning or afternoon.


From September 2018 a Penalty Notice may be issued if there are 6 or more sessions missed due to holiday taken during the first two weeks of September.

Application for Leave of Absence during term time


Following government legislation in September 2013, there is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time; however you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.


Important: A letter must be attached to the request, outlining the 'exceptional circumstances' for which a leave of absence is being applied for in advance of the holiday.


Leave of Absence Application Form

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