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Hunsbury Park Primary School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential.  The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

The school will establish 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.

Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance officer. The Headteacher, Family Support Lead and Attendance office may work together to support you and your child to improve attendance if it becomes a cause for concern.

Please view our Attendance Matters document (download available below) for further information about attendance.


Pupils can come into school from 8.45am and the registers close at 9.00 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Pupils arriving at school after 9.00 a.m. must enter through the school office to be signed in by an adult. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch.

What is expected of the pupils?

To respect themselves and others.

To do all they can to attend school regularly and punctually.

To inform a trusted adult if they feel that they are being bullied.

To encourage friendship and a sense of belonging.

To be happy and encourage others to feel happy.

What is expected of the Parents?

To keep requests for their child to be absent to a minimum.

To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence.

To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness.

To work closely with the school and Attendance Service (AS) to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance.

To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in special/exceptional circumstances.

To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as SATS.

To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements.

Please find related policies on our policies page.