Attendance and Punctuality


Why is Regular School Attendance so Important?

Linaker Primary School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. However, it is important to understand that when your child has a full time place in Reception or a part-time place in Nursery, we expect them to attend on every day that they are registered for. Nursery children are marked on the school register the same as every other child in the school, and we closely monitor their attendance.  Download our attendance policy below.

Is your child absent today? Just give us a ring: 01704 532343 or fill in an absence form on the school app (you can download this from the App Store on your phone and ask the school office to invite you to join)

Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence.

Linaker Primary monitors the attendance of every child in the school and we will work with and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason. 90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

- one half day each week

- nearly four weeks every school year

- more than a whole school year in their academic career

Our school’s target for the 2023/2024 school year is 97%. Together we can achieve it!


Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the day. Children who are late are generally reluctant to enter the class once work has begun, and can often become upset. They can also disrupt the class by disturbing ALL the other children who have already become involved in the school day. Work in class starts at 8.45am so your child should be at the door ready to come in when they open. This time is a time for the children to get calm and start their learning.

Doors open at 8:45am and close at 8.55am.
Children arriving after this time must be signed in at the office by an adult.
School finishes at 3:25pm 

Nursery times are available on the website.

Attendance and Punctuality Rewards

At Linaker Primary School we like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. In addition, throughout the year, our staff work closely with families providing support to help overcome barriers in improving attendance. 

Look at what we do at Linaker Primary School to help improve attendance:

  • Best attending class published on the website weekly and rewarded with class flourish leaf
  • Metal pin badges awarded in a Celebration Assembly for children with 100% attendance for the year.
  • First day off phone call home
  • Dedicated attendance leader available to work with pupils and their families to remove barriers and help support attendance.