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.

Unauthorised absences are taken very seriously and in the unlikey event that no contact can be made to establish a childs absence the local authorities 'Prevention Service' or 'Safeguarding' team will be contacted.

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 the the local 'PREVENTION SERVICE' 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.



90% Attendance – This means that your child misses approximately 4 weeks of school a year. By the time they leave school they would have missed nearly         A WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOL.


80% Attendance – This means that you child misses approximately half a term each year. By the time they leave school they would have missed            MORE THAN TWO WHOLE YEARS OF SCHOOL.


Children are only expected to attend school for 190 days out of a whole year.


Please take your family holidays in school holidays only.

Attendance during one school year

Equals approximate days absence

Which is approximately weeks absence

Which is approximately lessons missed


9 days

2 weeks

40 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

80 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

120 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

160 lessons


48 days

10 weeks

200 lessons


57 days

11 ½ weeks

230 lessons


67 days

13 ½ weeks

270 lessons


Minutes late per day during the school year


Approximate number of days teaching lost in a year


5 mins

3 days

10 mins

6 days

15 mins

9 days

20 mins

12 days

30 mins

18 days


As you can see from the figures above it is not only absence that can affect our children’s learning potential. It is also their punctuality.

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

If your child misses the introduction to their lessons they will not know what they have to do.