We place a great emphasis on good habits of attendance and punctuality at Banks Road right from the start. We believe this is vital in helping our children to establish important life skills.

Failing to attend school regularly means falling behind in learning and creates a culture of dissent. Children who miss school lose out on important factors of school social life, which can affect their ability to have friendships.

Children make the best progress at school through regular and punctual attendance. Absence or arriving late can mean your child misses important teaching and learning and can result in them feeling unsettled. If your child is absent please contact the school by telephone on the first day of their absence. Please let the school office know in advance if your child has a medical or dental appointment.


Please be punctual. Classroom doors open at 8.45 and school starts at 8.50 when we expect all children to be at school.

Holidays in Term Time

As a result of changes to the attendance regulations being introduced by the Department for Education from September 2013:

‘head teachers will no longer be able to grant pupils a leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time’.

As a result any parents/carers taking their children out of school for a holiday may incure a fine for "failing to secure their child’s regular attendance at school."

For further information please visit the DFE website: and search attendance.

We will not authorise any leave during term time unless the circumstances are exceptional. Unauthorised absence may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Please take the time to carefully read our Attendance Policy, Parent Information Leaflet and attached letter regarding Term Time Absence.