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Snettisham Primary School


Absence and Attendance

All schools must now distinguish in their attendance registers between authorised and unauthorised pupil absence.  It is therefore important that you let us know the reasons for your child’s absence on the first morning they are away from school if they are unable to attend due to a medical appointment, illness or other unavoidable reason.  When your child returns following an illness, please supply a note.  We will endeavour to contact you on your child’s first day of absence if we have not heard from you.

School starts at 8.45 am and registration is completed by 9 am.  Class registers remain open for 15 minutes and children arriving after this time will be recorded as ‘late’ (unauthorised).  Should your child require medical treatment during the school day, please let the class teacher know in advance.  Wherever possible please arrange such appointments out of school time.  Please contact the Headteacher in advance should your child need to be absent from school for any other reason. 

Attendance recorded in the academic year 2018/2019

Attendance: 96.15%

Our attendance target for 2019/2020:  97%

Attendance recorded in the academic year 2019-2020

DfE has laid regulations to remove the requirement to report pupils’ attendance data for the 2019/20 academic year, in recognition of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the possible attendance.  


We are not able to authorise any pupil holidays within term time. If children are taken out of school parents may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, this is a fine of £60 per parent per child which is payable within 28 days.

Guidance for Parents:

Please click on the link below to view the latest letter published by Snettisham Primary School regarding attendance at school and legal intervention:

Attendance at School and Legal Intervention - Sept 2023

Application for Pupil Leave of Absence from School during Term Time - Sept 2023