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Princes Risborough Primary School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Report a Student Absence


Please click on the below link to complete the form for your child's absence.

Weekly Class Attendance Report

Whole school attendance from 01/09/2021 to 10/06/2022 is 93.1%

It is acknowledged that a great majority of our families ensure that their children attend school regularly. Thank you!  Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance.


Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress. The school regards absences as a very serious concern and there is an overwhelming connection between those pupils who are frequently absent and those who on to underachieve in their future.


Parents have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education ‘suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’ Section 7 Education Act 1996.  We believe it is essential to regularly remind parents of the importance of good attendance and its links to pupil attainment. 


In school, the Attendance Team meets once every 3 weeks to discuss both whole school and individual pupil attendance. This team is made up of the Headteacher, the Attendance Officer, the Pupil Premium Lead and the Family Liaison Officer. We offer support and find strategies to help with any attendance issues that our families may be experiencing.




Promoting Regular Attendance


Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance is everybody's responsibility - parents, pupils and all members of school staff.


To help us all to focus on this we will

  • Give parents/carers details on attendance in our newsletters
  • Report to parents/carers annually on their child's attendance with the annual school report
  • Report to parents/carers at parents evening together with a print out of their child's attendance certificate
  • Contact parents/carers should their child's attendance fall below 90% working with them offering support and advice.

Tips for good school attendance

  • Good habits start early in life, so even before your child starts school, establish good routines, such as reading before bedtime and going to bed on time
  • If your child is off school, you must let the school know why and tell them when they can expect your child back
  • Make all appointments for the doctor, dentist, optician etc. after school hours or during the school holidays where possible
  • Take an active interest in your child’s school work and offer support with homework
  • Attend parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress
  • Make sure your child understands the benefits of regular attendance at school
  • Don’t let your child stay off school for a minor ailment
  • Take all holidays during the school holiday periods

Attendance FAQs


What is meant by a session?  

A school day is made up of two sessions, the morning session and the afternoon session. As an example, 5 schools days equates to 10 sessions.


How may I report my child as unwell? 

Please contact the school office and either leave a message on the dedicated answer machine (prior to the school day) or complete the child absence online form.


I have received a letter, or been invited into school, about attendance. Should I be worried? 

No. As advised above, any communication of this kind received from the school is intended to keep you updated with your child's attendance level and, where there appears to be an increase in absences, to see what we can do to help you and your child to ensure they are coming into school regularly.  We ask that parents do their best to work with us so that any issues can be resolved as quickly as possible without the need to make referrals to the EWS.


My child does not want to come to school. What should I do? 

Parents/carers have a duty to ensure that their child of statutory school age is receiving an appropriate education. If your child is not wishing to come to school then we need to know so that we can look into the reason(s) for this and work out what we can do to help.


For any other questions, please contact the school or refer to our Attendance Policy.







We understand that children have minor illnesses e.g. Viruses and infections.


When your child is absent, please e-mail the school office on the first day of absence before 9.00am.  You should include the reason for your child's absence the length of time you are expecting them to be absent.  Please also let us know if your child has any Coronavirus symptom.


If no telephone call or email is received, parents will automatically receive a text message asking them to reply stating the reason for absence. Parents can reply to the text message free of charge. If a message or letter is not received when your child returns to school, the absence will be recorded as “unauthorised”.


In the event that your child has had symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, they should not be sent school until at least 48 hours has passed, since the last bout. The same procedure will be expected to be followed should your child be sent home from school for vomiting and/or diarrhoea.


If you are struggling, for any reason, with Attendance or Punctuality issues, please speak to Mrs Priestnall, our Family Liaison Officer, or Mrs Brightman, our Attendance Officer, about what support we may be able to offer you.







School begins at 8.45am. Please can you ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Any child arriving later than 8.45am should enter school via the main entrance reporting to the school office.

  • Arriving at school on time every day is an important job for parents and children.

  • Being punctual and ready to work are important life skills that we try to develop in school to equip children for working life.

  • When your child is late they are rushing and get off to a bad start.

  • If a child is late 15 minutes every day, that is the equivalent of 95% attendance.

  • A reminder also to collect your children promptly at the end of the school day.



Leave of Absence During Term Time


Please check school holiday dates – we send key dates out in the school's weekly newsletter.

Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking leave during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school. No requests for holidays will be authorised during term time. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to request leave of absence. All such cases should be applied for in writing on the Leave Of Absence Form, please see attached.  Parents should request leave of absence in advance and all requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence using the form.