When does my child need to be in School?

Your child should be at school in good time for registration.  The morning register will be called promptly at 8.55am and the afternoon register at 1.00pm.

What happens if my child is late?

Registration finishes at 9.25am in the morning and 1.30pm in the afternoon.

If your child arrives between 8.55am and 9.25am he/she will be marked late.

If your child arrives after 9.25am he/she will be marked absent.

If your child arrives between 1.00pm and 1.30pm he/she will be marked late.

If your child arrives after 1.30pm he/she will be marked absent.

Pupils who arrive after classroom registration i.e. after 9.05am or 1.10pm should report to the school office, and sign the ‘Late Book’. 

Does the School need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?

We expect a parent to telephone or email the school on the first day of absence. If you do not contact us, we will contact you. If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence, and this will be shown on your child’s end of year report.

What reasons will the school accept for absences?

  • Illness
  • Emergency dental / medical appointment (please make routine appointments after school or during the holidays)
  • Day of religious observance
  • Family bereavement
  • Attending an interview for a new school

Except in the case of illness or bereavement, you should ask for permission for your child to miss school well in advance, giving full details.  In cases of recurring absences through illness you may be asked to produce medical evidence.

What is unacceptable?

The school will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays or looking after brothers or sisters, etc.

Will the School contact me if my child is absent?

The school operates a first day response to absences: we will phone or text you if we have not heard from you.  This is because we believe it is our responsibility to ensure your child’s safety as well as their regular school attendance.

If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.

My child has been unwell. When should they return to school?

Your child can return to school once they have recovered. In the case of diarrhoea and vomitting, please keep your child away from school 48 hours from the last episode.

I am thinking about sending my child on an extended absence for an overseas trip to visit relatives.  What should I do?

The school recognises that such absence can be important for children to keep in touch with their extended family.  Contact your child’s class teacher as soon as possible to discuss the best time for such a visit. This will then be discussed with the Head Teacher.

The school would strongly recommend that such absences do not take place during your child’s SATs Year (Year 6). You will need to write a letter requesting the extended leave of absence and if the Headteacher then approves the visit, the school will set work for your child to complete while away.

As far as possible we will ensure the work set reinforces the educational value of such a visit.

What can I do to encourage my child to attend School?

Make sure your child gets enough sleep and gets up in plenty of time each morning.  Ensure that he/she leaves home in the correct clothes and properly equipped.  Show your child, by your interest, that you value his / her education. 

My child is trying to avoid coming to School.  What should I do?

Contact your child’s class teacher immediately and openly discuss your worries.  Your child could be avoiding school for a number of reasons – difficulties with school work, bullying, friendship problems, family difficulties.  It is important that we identify the reason for your child’s reluctance to attend school and work together to tackle the problem.

In some cases you may find it helpful to discuss the circumstances of your child’s difficulties with an Education Welfare Officer.  The school may also refer you to an Education Welfare Officer who works with staff and families if difficulties with attendance arise.  The Education Attendance Service is based at:

Intergrated Childrens ServicesCentral LocalitySuffolk County CouncilStevens House17 Station Road WestStowmarketSuffolk IP14 1ES           Tel no. 01449 776970




Attending regularly and on time

Regular attendance will help you make the most of the opportunities here at Stonham Aspal Primary School.  It will help you:

  • keep up with your school work and get the best results you can;


Acceptable reasons for absences include:

  • illness
  • emergency dental / medical appointments (please make routine appointments after school or during the holidays)
  • day of religious observance
  • family bereavement
  • attending an interview for a new school etc.

Need help?

Problems with your school work?  Are you being bullied?  Are your friends giving you a hard time?  Are things difficult at school?  Are things difficult at home?

You may feel that missing school is the answer.  It is not – it may even make things worse.  TALK TO SOMEONE – your class teacher, another member of staff, your parents.  We will do everything we can to help you get over the problem.

Advice will be taken from the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer, where necessary. Persistent ‘unauthorised absences’ will result in visits home by the Educational Welfare Officer and may result in parents/guardians being fined.