At Burlington Infant & Nursery School we promote excellent attendance for all pupils in order to ensure that they reach their potential, both academically and socially.  We encourage all pupils to create these good habits as early as possible so that they are instilled throughout their school lives.

Our school target for attendance is 97%. Attendance is measured on a week by week basis. Children whose attendance falls below 90% are identified by the local authority as Persistent Absentees.  Attendance this low will have a detrimental effect on a child’s academic progress and will prompt the involvement of the Education Welfare Officer. If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, you will be asked to meet with the Headteacher and our Family Support Worker to review your child’s attendance. 

Each year there are only 190 statutory school days in school, 380 registration sessions. This means there are 175 days (weekends and school holidays) for shopping, birthday treats, non-urgent medical and dental appointments, holidays etc. We understand that children do fall ill occasionally and may need to stay at home. If your child is ill, please ring in on each day of absence or use our Absence Reporting webpage. Please see our sickness guidleines below on when you might need to keep your child off school.

Home School Agreement

Attendance and Punctuality Email to all Parents in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Nursery Attendance and Punctuality Email Reminder

Sickness guidelines for parents

Absence Reporting

In exceptional circumstances, you may need to apply for a short term absence from school. PLEASE NOTE: IT IS THE SCHOOL’S POLICY THAT HOLIDAYS MUST NOT BE TAKEN IN TERM TIME.           

Absence request procedure:

  1. Request a meeting with the Headteacher a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of the date requested to discuss the exceptional circumstances.
  2. Submit copies of any supporting documents (e.g. letters from the hospital) which show the exceptional/urgent nature of the leave requested, with the absence request form (completed). 

Application for school absence


Meet 'Be There Bear'

‘Be-There Bear’ has been introduced to the children as our attendance bear. Every week, one class in each year group with the best attendance across their year group will win ‘Be-There Bear’ for a whole week. One child with 100% or the best attendance for that week in the winning class will be selected to take the bear home over the weekend. We ask that you take a photo of your child and the bear doing something fun together, (e.g. baking a cake, playing at the park, playing with Lego) to send in/email to our office to be shared in next week’s newsletter. 

The children are very excited and are looking forward to winning the bear for their class and a chance to take the bear home. Please support your child’s class and ensure your child is in school every day. We have also talked about arriving at school in good time before the doors open at 9am.


Encouraging Excellent Attendance - Fixed Penalty Notices

The vast majority of parents and carers at Burlington Infant and Nursery school secure 95% or above attendance and punctuality for their child. It is our aim, working with parents to ensure every child has excellent attendance and punctuality in order to secure the best possible chance of success, progress and achievement in school.

Unfortunately, a very small minority fail to ensure regular and punctual good attendance. Regular and punctual attendance at school is a legal requirement and a responsibility of parents and carers: under section 444 of the Education Act 1996, an offence occurs if a parent or carer fails to secure their child’s attendance at the school where they are a registered pupil and the absence is not authorised by the school.

To supplement the existing strategies currently employed by the school and Local Authority and, like a number of other local schools, Governors have agreed that Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) may be used at Burlington Infant and Junior School from September 2018. A penalty fine of £60 per child, per parent (which would increase to £120 if unpaid) will be issued in accordance with Achieving for Children’s Code of Conduct for FPN’s and our own attendance policy. The Education (Penalty Notices-England) Regulations 2007 prescribe the necessary details for the operation of the Fixed Penalty Notice scheme. Penalty fines are paid to the local authority and are not received by the school.

Fixed penalty notices may be issued in the following circumstances for unauthorised absences:

  •  Absence due to parents who fail to send their child/children to school when they are fit and well
  •  Unauthorised term time leave (including family holiday)
  •  Unauthorised delayed return from an extended holiday
  •  Persistent late arrival at school

Further information:

Attendance Policy

FPN Presentation for Parents

Use of Fixed Penalty Notices

Use of Fixed Penalty Notices - in Korean

Use of Fixed Penalty Notices - in Tamil

Use of Fixed Penalty Notices - in Urdu