Orrell Lamberhead Green Primary Academy

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Notifying us of any absence

All pupils are electronically registered in the morning at 8:55am and at afternoon registration.  If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please follow the guidelines below:

On the first day of absence please contact the school by telephone or email before 8.30am.
Tel: 01942768760 and leave a message on option one

Please notify the school every day that your child is absent.

If you do not inform the school that your child will be absent, we will send you a text message requesting that you contact the school to notify us of the reason your child is absent.
If you do not make contact with us, we may carry out a home visit (welfare check)  to ensure that you and your child are safe


Leave of absence during term time

·Please be advised that the Department for Education has advised schools to only authorize leave of absence in exceptional circumstances hence school will not approve any absence in term time, except in such circumstances.   A leave of absence form must be completed. and made to Mrs. Prior at least 14 days before the date you wish to remove your child from school.  This form can be requested from reception

Please be aware that if holidays are taken without approval, this information will be passed to our Education Welfare Officer and a Penalty Notice may be issued without further warning. 

Medical Appointments

Medical appointments are classed as authorised absences, but you must bring into school the appointment card / letter to be seen  by Mrs Prior in the office. These are recorded as M on your child’s attendance record. If you wish to avoid losing your child’s attendance mark, you can bring them into school for the register first and then sign them out to go to an  appointment.


Attendance and performance

An attendance level of below 90% is described by Ofsted as ‘persistent absence’ and will have a significant effect on a child’s education. Persistent absence is a serious problem for pupils. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these pupils at a considerable disadvantage for the remainder of their school career. There is also clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement later in their school career:

•   Of pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school, only three per cent manage to achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.
•   Of pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.
•   Of pupils who miss less than five per cent of school, 73 per cent achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.