Wiltshire Absence Guidance and Penalty Notices for Parents/Carers

Wellington Primary Academy Attendance Guide

We require all children at the Wellington Primary Academy to have the best possible attendance to enable them to reach their full potential. Equally, parents/carers have a duty to make sure that their children attend school regularly and on time. All of the staff at the Wellington Primary are committed to working closely with parents/carers as the best way to ensure the highest possible levels of attendance. Communication between home and school is vital if we are to achieve this and maintain accurate, up to date attendance records for our students.

As an Academy we would appreciate your support in the following ways:

  • Telephone the school before 8.45am to tell us why your child is absent.
  • Keep in regular contact with us if they are likely to be absent for a period of time.
  • Only allow your child to stay at home for genuine illness.
  • Ensure your child arrives in good time and prepared to start the school day by 8.45am.
  • Avoid booking non-urgent medical appointments during the school day.
  • Sign your child in and out of the school for any authorised appointments they need to attend.
  • If you have any concerns or need to talk to us about your child please contact us so we can support you and your child and resolve any issues.
  • Always praise good attendance and punctuality.


Leave of Absence Requests

Please note: National Guidelines means that we are unable to authorise absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any request for leave of absence MUST be submitted prior to any request on the Wellington Primary ‘Leave of Absence Request Form’, this can be obtained from the school or click here to download.

Please read the Wiltshire Council Local Authority leaflet which is on our website explaining Penalty Notices issued for unauthorised Leave of Absence during term time. Copies are available at reception or click here to download a copy. If you have any questions or require further information regarding this please contact the school office.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning.

Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed two whole terms of learning.

You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence

The importance of education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it’s important to take your responsibilities seriously including going to school.

Better attendance at school by pupils improves their educational achievements and, in turn, their lives and prospects. Even a small reduction in absence would result in many pupils receiving greater benefit from their education.


If you miss 3.5 days of school each half term over your school life you will miss a staggering 1.5 years of education.


Every School Day Counts

Days off school add up to lost learning. Please don’t let your children miss out on the education they deserve.

Good Time Keeping

Good time keeping means making sure your child is at school on time ready to learn.

Did you know?

Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school.