At Stokesley Primary Academy we promote good attendance to enable pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities we offer. Attendance is monitored very closely and we work with families to support good attendance.

We ask parents to ensure that children arrive at school in good time for registration each day.

Children should be collected promptly at 3:10pm, which is the end of the school day. If an unavoidable delay occurs parents need to contact the school as soon as possible.

* Please note Foundations Stage timings are different.  The Foundation Stage Unit is open from 8:45am and all children attending a morning or full day session should arrive by 8:45am. At the end of the day the Unit is open from 3:10pm and children should be collected by 3:15pm.


What to do if your child is absent from school

Please phone on the first day of absence leaving your child’s name, class and reason for absence. This needs to be done every day that your child is absent from school. These messages may be left on the school’s answer phone, or delivered in person.

If we have not heard from a parent by 9:30am as to why their child is absent from school, we will ring all of the contact numbers registered for that child until contact is made.

Safeguarding - 

By Law, your child must attend school.  If they are not in school and we are not informed, we have a duty to find out why and to know that the children are safe.  If your child's attendance remains low, relevant referrals will be submitted to ensure your child is accessing their personal right to an education.  House visits may be carried out to ensure your child is safe- if there is no answer at the door we may refer onto other agencies.

Medical Appointments

It is important that all medical/dental appointments are made for outside of school hours.  Sessions missed due to appointments will affect your child’s attendance percentage.

Please advise the office beforehand if children have to attend a medical appointment during school hours. Please sign them in and out of school at the main office.


Attendance Matters!


Excellent attendance! Your child is able to access all of their learning, form friendships and get into good attendance habits. Children with excellent attendance are usually more settled in school and are able to enjoy all areas of school life. Children who have greater attendance are more likely to gain better qualifications and potentially earn more in the future.

95% and above

Very good attendance! Nationally, all schools and children are expected to achieve 96% attendance. Children are able to access most of their learning and are still likely to achieve good qualifications when they are older.

90% - 95%

Your child will be unable to access all of the teaching in school, which will have an impact on their learning and their readiness to learn. School will make contaqct with parent/carers to establish as to why attendance is declining. 

90% and less

At 90% attendance, research shows that missing 10% of school can result in children dropping a whole grade/level in achievement. 90% is equivalent to missing half a day of school each week and 4 weeks of school in an academic year. So, 90% may not be as good as it first seems

Any child with 90% and below is called a PERSISTENT ABSENTEE. At this stage school will discuss your child’s attendance with external agencies and make a referral for support. This may result in them investigating why your child’s attendance is so low and a support plan could be put in place.



Please ensure your child is in school on time and ready to learn every day!

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