Olton Primary School

Learning Together, Achieving More

Late/Absence Procedures



‘Every day, on time’


Pupil attendance is regularly monitored by the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher. Pupils whose attendance falls below 95% are closely monitored.  Parents of any pupil whose attendance falls below 90% (the national persistent absence figure) will be notified and may be invited in to school for a meeting with the Head/Deputy Head Teacher and an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) to discuss ways in which we can work together to improve attendance.


We strongly urge parents to only take family holidays during the designated school holidays. Long periods of absence are detrimental to a child’s development both academically and socially. Olton Primary School does not authorise any leave from school unless it is deemed by the Head Teacher to be an exceptional circumstance. If you need to take your child out of school for any reason, including a term time holiday, please complete a Leave of Absence form which can be obtained from the school office. Once the request has been considered, a letter will be sent to indicate whether the absence has been authorised or not.


If your child is absent from school due to illness or for any other reason (other than when you have completed a Leave of Absence form), please notify the school by telephone -  0121 706 2644 by 8:30am on each day of absence.


If your child is not present when the registers checked, we will contact you to clarify the reason for the absence and to assure ourselves of their safety.