At St Mary’s Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School we  place a high priority on regular attendance & punctuality.


With this in mind we have produced a booklet (download below) to keep parents up to date with useful
information and advice in helping your child to gain the most from their education.


We rely heavily on parents to work in partnership with us to support pupils in attending school and hope that the information provided will support you with any issues which may affect your child’s attendance and punctuality.


It is important that we help the children develop their own positive experiences of school to
ensure they achieve their full potential.


Frequently Asked Questions


Why is attendance so important?
Evidence shows that if a child does not attend regularly.
They  cannot keep up with their class  work.
They do not achieve the results
They miss out on the social side of school and can have problems maintaining friendships.


My child has 90% attendance, that is good isn’t it?
No, in relation to the amount of days absent over a year it would equal 19 days absence, nearly four weeks off school.


My child has odd days off now and again, surely they are not going to miss too much?
These odd days can surprisingly add up and during this time they could be missing out on crucial learning.


My child is only absent when they are ill.
If your child is ill you need to contact school to let them know.  If your child is persistently absent due to illness we may request medical confirmation e.g. Doctors certificate.


What difference does it make if my child is a few minutes late?
Arriving late causes disruption and can be embarrassing for the child. e.g. Walking into class when everyone is working.
By arriving late they can miss the initial teacher input which would make it difficult for them to understand the lesson.


I would like to book a  holiday in term time, am I entitled to 10 days holiday?
No. Holidays will not be authorised during term time.


Tips for Good Attendance

Make sure school uniforms and bags/lunches/homework are ready the night before to avoid panic/ lateness in the mornings.

Find out who else lives nearby, so if you or one of your children are unwell they may be able to travel to school with another family.

As far as possible, make all doctors, dentists or other appointments for after school or at the weekend so as not to affect their attendance. An absence for an appointment is still an absence.

Think carefully about whether your child is really too ill to attend school. If you are unsure, let the school make the decision - bring your child to school and if they are unwell the school will contact you to collect them.

If you are worried your child does not want to attend school talk to them and the school to check there is nothing else going on or any issues that can be resolved.