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  • Primary School, Glaston Hill Road,
  • Eversley, Hook, Hampshire,
  • RG27 0LX
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Attendance and Absence

At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School we believe that for a child to maximise their learning a high level of school attendance is essential.


We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school so successful.


Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.


It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.


For our children take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered at Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School it is vital your child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.


The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.


Understanding Types of Absence


Pupils are expected to attend school every day for the entire duration of the academic year, unless there is an exceptional reason for the absence. There are two main categories of absences:


  • Authorised Absence: is when the school has accepted the explanation offered as satisfactory justification for the absence, or given approval in advance for such an absence. If no explanation is received, absences cannot be authorised.
  • Unauthorised Absence: is when the school has not received a reason for absence or has not approved a child’s leave absence from school after a parent’s request. This includes:
    • parents giving their children permission to be off school unnecessarily such as for shopping, birthdays, days out
    • absences which have not been explained


A school can, if needed, change an authorised absence to an unauthorised absence and vice versa if new information is presented. Any changes will be communicated to parents/carers.


An example of this would be where a parent states a child is unwell but on return to school there is evidence they have been on holiday.

How do I report my child's absence from school?


Please read Section 3.3 What do I do if my child is absent? of the Attendance Policy (found in the policy section of the website).


Contact us as soon as possible and by 9.20am on the first day of absence.


Call the school office on 01189 732187 or send an email to