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At Peckover we recognise that attending school daily and on time has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for our children’s success. We must therefore ensure that attendance and punctuality are the highest they possibly can be in order to prepare our children for their future adult life.

Here at Peckover Primary School, we strive for every child to achieve 97% attendance or above. 

It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community - parents, staff, governors and children - to ensure that they achieve this. Therefore we constantly monitor and review the attendance and punctuality of all of our children. 

We promote and encourage excellent attendance and punctuality by working collaboratively with parents and carers and acting early to address patterns of absence. The Attendance Team will invite parents and carers to attendance surgeries should they be concerned about a child’s attendance. They can offer support and guidance and if required, support through an Early Help Assessment. 

There is clear evidence that any absence from school can and will have an impact on a child's attainment. At Peckover we have robust Attendance and Punctuality Strategies in place to ensure that your child’s attendance and punctuality are the best they possibly can be.

If unauthorised absences are recorded, a Penalty Notice Fine can be issued by the Local Authority to each parent/carer in respect of each child who is absent from school. The amount of the penalty is £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 22 to 28 days. Failure to pay will result in legal proceedings being initiated under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

Please note if 3 or more term time leave Penalty Notices have been issued over a 3year period then prosecution in relation to Section 444 Education Act 1996, may be considered as an alternative to a Penalty Notice fine being issued. Where a parent takes a child out of school during term time for an extended period (20 days or more), not authorised by the school, prosecution in relation to Section 444 Education Act 1996, may also be considered.


The process of education is life long, and we build on what we already know. Therefore, if children are absent without an authorised reason they are affecting their future. 

Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for all other events including birthday treats, non-urgent medical appointments and holidays. 


Reporting an Absence

Should your child be absent from school, it is a parent’s responsibility to notify school at the earliest possible convenience via the school office (01945 584741).  School must be notified on each day of your child’s absence. 

Home Visits

Parents and carers should be aware that home visits are completed by all Brooke Weston Trust schools as a standard procedure when children are absent from school. Should we have any safeguarding concerns for a particular child, home visits will be completed to these families in the first instance. Home visits allow school staff to see the child and discuss the absence with parents and carers, as well as being able to offer support if required. 


Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child is not late for school. This can be extremely disruptive to a child’s daily routine and also mean that they miss a considerable amount of valuable learning time. 

Minutes late per day

Equivalent of missing

5 Minutes

3.4 school days a year

10 Minutes

6.9 school days a year

15 Minutes

10.3 school days a year

20 Minutes

13.8 school days a year

30 Minutes

20.7 school days a year

Should your child be arriving late to school, it is imperative that they enter school via our Main Reception in order to be signed in. If your child is late due to attending an appointment, we ask that medical evidence is provided to support this. 

At Peckover we regularly monitor children’s punctuality and if a child is identified as being persistently late, parents will be invited to a meeting to discuss this and a target will be set to reduce lateness.

Leave During Term Time

Should parents or carers be taking their child out of school during term time, they are required to complete a leave during term time form prior to the absence commencing, notifying of the duration of leave and reason for absence. Forms can be collected from our school office. 

Brooke Weston Trust Academies and the Local Authority are continuing to work together to reduce the amount of leave taken in term time by issuing Penalty Notices under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 (amended regulations 2013). 

Parents need to be aware that, in line with the CCC Code of Conduct, a Penalty Notice can be issued for 3 days of absence (6 sessions). 

There is clear evidence that any absence can and will have an impact on attainment. With this in mind, periods of leave taken during term time will not be authorised. Referrals will be made to Cambridgeshire County Council for 3 days of absence of more where consideration will be given to issue a penalty notice. 

Please click the link to view the Brooke Weston Trust policy.

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