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Paston Ridings 
Primary School


It is in your child's best interests to attend school regularly and on time.  As a School we monitor carefully the absences of our pupils and work closely with the Local Authority Attendance Officer to maintain and improve our attendance rates. 

The average attendance for a school age child is above 95%.


Children may only be absent from school for medical reasons or other very exceptional circumstances. 

We ask parents/carers to contact the school as soon as possible to let us know about any absence.  In the event that we are not notified, the school will contact you. 

Leave of Absence

We would discourage parents from taking any leave of absence during term time.  If this is unavoidable, we would ask you to complete a  'Leave of Absence Request Form' to let us know of your intention.  

This form is available to be downloaded below.  

It may be possible for this absence is 'authorised' by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher but this would largely depend on if there are exceptional circumstances.  If your child's absence is not approved it could lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued by the Local Authority. 

Persistant Absentees

If your child's attendance is below 90% it will be monitored closely. You may be contacted by the school to attend a meeting at school, or may be contacted by our Local Authority Attendance Officer, Mrs Sarina Singh, to attend a meeting at Sand Martin House. You will then be asked to provide medical evidence every time your child is absent from school.

If your child has 8 days of absence which is unathorised in an 8 week period the school may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.


The school day begins at 8.45am and children are collected from the playground by their teachers. If your child arrives at school between 8.50am and 9.05am they will need to enter school by the school office and sign in, they will recieve a late mark (L).

If your child arrives after 9.05am they will receive a U mark, this is an unauthoised late and counts against your child's overall attendance percentage.


Our Attendance Policy can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

The School Term Dates are available below.