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Elm C of E Primary School


REMINDER: Children's attendance should be 100%. Any holidays or unathorised absences taken during school term time may result in a penalty notice being issued (per parent, per child).

"There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and academic achievement… children have little chance of catching up their peers if their attendance is bad." (Department for Education. Improving Attendance at school. Crown 2012)

At Elm C of E we value education and the right for every child to be educated. At the heart of this is regular attendance. We reinforce to children that "We come to school to learn," and that "if we aren't at school, we aren't learning." Being at school every day is very important so that children don't miss out on valuable learning time.

The only reasons to be absent from school should be due to illness or exceptional circumstances. No holidays will be authorised in term time under any circumstances.

Our attendance policy and procedures are in line with Local Authority policy and Wisbech Schools Partnership.


Don’t be late! Every Minute Counts

If your child is late every day by-

5 minutes means 3 school days lost

10 minutes means 6.5 school days lost

15 minutes means 2 weeks lost (10 days)

20 minutes means 2 weeks 3 days lost (13 days)

30 minutes means 3 weeks 4 days lost (19 days)

If your child arrives after registers have closed this is marked as one unauthorised session. 


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