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SAM -  School Attendance  Matters!

At Caistor Church of England and Methodist Primary School, we are proud of our attendance!

Our Attendance Monitors, write the previous month's attendance percentages on the class doors, check which classes have the best attendance for the month and present 1st, 2nd and 3rd certificates in assembly. The class with the best attendance keeps Sam the sock monkey for the month.

Attendance Matters!

Why is my child's attendance so important? 

  • Regular attendance at school means that your child can make the most of his/her education, improving his/her opportunities later in life.
  • School can also help your child to develop their social skills such as making and maintaining friendships.
  • If your child regularly misses school it will affect his/her confidence. 
  • A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.
  • When your child misses school, it disrupts his/her routines and makes them feel vulnerable on their return to school.
  • If your child is persistently absent without a valid reason, it may lead to you, as the parent/carer, facing legal consequences which could lead to a fine.

Please remember that you have a legal duty to ensure your child attends school on a regular basis

 What is good attendance?

 At Caistor Church of England and Methodist Primary School, our aim is for all our pupils to attend school every day. 

Attendance of 97% and above is very good.  Please be aware that we become concerned if your child's attendance falls below 95%.

We are here to help our pupils, especially if there are issues stopping them coming in to school so please do not hesitate to contact us if there is an issue you would like to discuss. It is essential that we work together to help your child.


In line with directives from the Department for Education, the school will continue to refuse to authorise any holidays during term-time for any pupils. This means that any holidays taken during the school term will be counted as an unauthorised absence (exceptional circumstances does not include parent/carer work shift patterns, family weddings or cheaper holidays).


  • Pupils are allowed in school from 8.45am and lessons start at 8.50am.
  • Pupils arriving after 8.50am will be marked in the register as late (L).
  • If your child is absent from school for any reason, you must phone the school’s absence line before 9.15am. Failure to this will result in your child being marked in the register as an unauthorised absence (G).