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Attendance At School

At Uphill Primary School we believe every child is entitled to access an education. We strive to ensure our children are learning all of the time - there is never a moment when your child is not learning. Taking a child out of school for any reason can be detrimental to a child's learning. It is widely recognised that the educational outcomes and future life chances of children and young people can be significantly impacted on by periods of absence. Therefore, we want to encourage parents to ensure their child is in school every day they possibly can be.


Our school day starts at 8.45am (gates open from 8.35am) and finishes at 3.15pm.


We commend the majority of our children who have excellent standards of attendance and occasionally there may be occasions when absences occur. If a child has reason for a long period of absence i.e. illness, the school will offer support and advice to assist the child and the family through this period. However, the following guidelines are given to parents to ensure children attend school every day possible.


The Department for Education provide advice and support regarding school attendance and absence. 


Please contact the school on the first day of your child’s absence by 9:00am. Failure to do so will result in a telephone call or letter.


Authorised Absence is an absence agreed by the Head Teacher following an explanation from parents. The request for time off during term time can only be made using the request form overleaf.

Unauthorised Absence is an absence not agreed and/or unexplained/unreported.

Medical Absence is an absence for a medical procedure/appointment. Wherever possible, appointments should be made outside of the school day. Where this is not possible we will request doctors’ notes or an appointment letter.


Registration and Lateness

School gates open at 8:35am, with registration at 8.45am prompt. Arriving late to class disrupts everyone’s learning as well as the teacher. Please do not be late.

Parents of children arriving late will be required to record the reason for their child’s lateness in the late record in the office.

Repeated late arrivals will result in a letter home and persistent lateness will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer for action.



Parents do not have the automatic right to withdraw pupils from school for a holiday and, in law, have to apply for permission in advance. A request form is overleaf and are available from the Information Area.

The Head Teacher will determine if the request for a holiday in term time is reasonable. Uphill School will consider each request on a case-by-case basis. Some of the reasons the school may consider supporting an application for holiday in term time are:

  • Forces’ Personnel on leave from a foreign posting
  • Parents’ employment restrictions—there are a few employers who restrict their employees’ holiday leave. We may consider asking for some evidence from the employer
  • Significant family events or circumstances—these will need to be considered individually.


The following would generally not meet the criteria unless there are additional circumstances:

  • Relatives coming to visit
  • Cheaper holidays in England and abroad
  • Family day trips
  • Visiting family/friends who have different half terms or holidays


Accumulated Absences

Accumulated absences will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer.

The Local Authority (LA) is prepared to take Court Action against persistent absenteeism.

Accumulated unauthorised absences of 5 days (10 sessions) over a period of six months will result in a Fixed Penalty Fine issued directly from North Somerset Council.


Percentage of Attendance

There will be the opportunity to discuss your child’s percentage of attendance twice a year at Parents Evenings. If your child’s attendance falls below 85% a letter will automatically be issued to you for your information. Please note a two-week holiday will automatically mean your child’s attendance is less than 87%.

School Telephone No: 01934 626769