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Lawford C of E Primary School

High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.


School Attendance

We are grateful for your co-operation in ensuring good attendance and punctuality.  Good attendance and being punctual are critical to ensure that children get the most out of what school has to offer. We work with Manningtree High School and the other local feeder primary schools to ensure that we all remain consistent with our message about attendance and unauthorised absences.



It is important that children arrive by 8.50 am to ensure a punctual start to lessons.  After this time adults should bring their children into school and sign the ‘late log’ in the office to avoid confusion with class registers. Please ensure you give a reason for why your child is late.

Children arriving after registers close at 9am will be marked as ‘late’ and this will be reflected in attendance figures.



An important part of the parental partnership with school is ensuring children are in school and receiving lessons.  In all cases of absence, the school must have an explanation from parents. 

Parents should contact the office between 8.30 am and 8.50 am to inform the school that their child will not be attending on that day.  If the child does not appear, and no telephone call or explanation is received, then the secretary will telephone the child’s home to ascertain the reason for their absence.  This is because, on rare occasions nationally, children can go missing when both school and parents remain unaware that the child is elsewhere. On their return to school the absence, and the reason for it, should be confirmed in writing by the parent.


Holiday Absence Requests

As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit headteachers from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. 

There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.

Requests for absence should be made on an official form available at the office.

A penalty notice may be given in cases where unauthorised absence has been taken.