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Engaines Primary School & Nursery

Achieve, Believe, Succeed


St Osyth Road East, Little Clacton, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO16 9PH

01255 860210



Attendance Policy

Attendance is very important at Engaines. We want to ensure all children have access to the best possible chance of success as they progress through the school and into secondary education. 

Report your Childs Absence

To report your child's absence please either telephone the school 01255 860210 or email - Please ensure that you are entering your child’s information in the email.

You must report your child's absence, to the school office, on each day of illness before 9am. If absence is for a medical appointment, proof must be shown. This can be sent in via email (see link above) or via school dojo. 

It is important that we have direct communication from parents or carers to explain an absence. We cannot accept a child’s explanation. 

Please make every effort to keep in touch. You can email or call the office to explain an absence. If we don’t hear from you we will get in touch. If no reason for absence has been given, you will be contacted promptly by the office or attendance lead and it may be followed up by the school’s Education Welfare Officer.  

Please click on the link below to view the Engaines Primary School and Nursery Attendance Policy

Engaines Attendance Policy 2022/2024

The importance of regular attendance 

  • Provides your child the best possible start in life. 
  • They will be able to keep up with their work and not form gaps in their learning. 
  • They will achieve better results. 
  • They will develop friendships and social skills. 

Attendance matters 

The school has established an effective system of incentives and rewards that acknowledges the efforts of pupils to improve their attendance and timekeeping and will challenge the behaviour of those pupils and parents who give low priority to attendance and punctuality. 

Attendance Rewards

 The Engaines whole school target is 96% which is in line with the Government's national expectation 


Children feeling unwell 

Children can’t help being sick and sometimes they have an illness that will require time off school and a visit to the doctors. However, taking regular one or two days off soon adds up! Sometimes our children have coughs and colds and may not feel their normal self but they are probably well enough for school. 

If a child has a minor illness (e.g. a headache, cold or a sore throat etc.), we ask that Parents/Carers bring them into school and inform staff that their child is feeling unwell. School will always contact Parents/Carers if a child’s condition worsens or if they become poorly during the school day. Please see the link below for the official guidance from the NHS regarding illnesses and whether time off school is advised. 

Please ensure you call into the school by 9am if your child is going to be off school. The school will ask you to provide medical evidence for the illness you are reporting. 

The Education Act 1996 states that all pupils should attend school regularly and punctually.  

‘If a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence.’  

Punctuality & Lateness 

Persistent lateness can: 

  • Cause embarrassment to the child. 
  • Make it harder for the child to settle. 
  • Cause disruption to the rest of the class.  

School Gates open at 8.35am. Children arriving after 9.00am will be marked as Late and unauthorised after 9.30am  

The school operates a First Day Response and will telephone families where children have failed to attend school in time for morning registration.  

Leave of Absence Procedures 

As detailed in our Attendance Policy, and in line with DfE guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term, other than when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important that you complete the request form for the school to consider.  

However, where absence is unauthorised, it could lead to further action being taken including a penalty notice being issued.  

Department for Education information regarding this is available by clicking here.