Welcome to Bentinck Primary & Nursery School. Together we make a difference. We Start back to school on Wednesday 20th April 2022



Bentinck Primary and Nursery School is committed to raising the profile of attendance and its link to achievement.  Please work with us by ensuring that your child attends school on time, every day and by not taking your them out of school for holidays during term time.

Attendance at school has been affected dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now back at school and are aiming for excellent attendance. We need your support to achieve this!


Children who attend school every day are more likely to:

  • Make more academic progress

  • Leave school with higher academic levels

  • Develop socially and emotionally, making strong friendships with their peers.

To give our children the best chances and opportunities, they must be in school. We will work tirelessly to get the children into school but we can only do it with your help and commitment.

 Good attendance is important because:

• Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 96%.
• Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
• Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
• Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
• Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.

Responsibilities of Teachers

• Ensure that all students are registered accurately & on time.
• Promote & reward good attendance at all appropriate opportunities.
• Liaise with the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher on matters of attendance and punctuality.
• Communicate with pupils and parents/carers regarding absences and poor punctuality.

Responsibilities of Pupils:

• Attend every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
• Arrive in your classroom on time, every day.

Responsibilities of Parents and Carers:

• Ensure your child attends school every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
• Ensure your child arrives in their classroom on time, every day.
• In the event of being late, take your child to the main entrance and sign into school with Miss Faithfull
• In the event of any absence, inform the school on the first day of absence and every subsequent day of absence by phone (0115 9151567)
• Avoid taking their child out of school for non-urgent medical or dental appointments.
• Provide written medical evidence to support any absence if requested by the school.
• Only request for leave of absence if it is for an exceptional circumstance - ensuring our school procedures are followed.


We understand that children are sometimes going to be ill during the school year, but please ensure your children come to school regularly unless they are ill.
If your child becomes ill at school we will always contact you.


Holidays in Term Time

Regular school attendance is essential if pupils are to maximise their educational opportunities. We all have a responsibility to provide the best education possible, but we can only do this if pupils attend regularly. Taking time out of school for holidays can be disruptive; it can also be difficult for pupils to catch up on work missed. While we understand the difficulties of living away from families, the government does not allow schools to authorise children out of school during term time for holidays.

The Department of Education (DfE) have recently issued updated guidance that states:

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Head teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.

Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

Therefore the Head teacher may only consider giving permission for a pupil to be absent from school in term time in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and proof will be requested by the Headteacher.

If you are considering taking your child out of school in term time, you must come and talk to the Headteacher. School places can only be held for a limited time and children may then be taken off our register.

We would always request that you take extended holidays during the long summer holidays. Children who miss school, frequently fail to make expected progress

% Attendance -Year

Equivalent Days

Number of lessons missed


9 Days



19 Days



29 Days



38 Days



Bentinck Primary & Nursery School Attendance Policy 2021-2022