Children are entitled to a full time education which is suitable to their age, ability,  aptitude and any special educational needs they may have and we will endeavour to  encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures to  support regular attendance. We believe that the most important factor in promoting  good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we  strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. 

There is a relationship between attendance of pupils and their development,  attainment and progress.

St Silas Primary Academy is committed to promoting good attendance as part of its dedication to ensure quality educational provision to give its pupils the best possible start in life.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please let the school office know before 8.45am.

Our Senior Leader, Mr G. Hadwin, is responsible for monitoring attendance and, along with our Family Worker, he will contact the parents of any child whose attendance or time keeping is causing us concern.

Our Family Worker, Mrs R. Patel, and our Inclusion Officer, Mrs L. Smith, work closely with parents to support them in enabling their children to have good attendance. We aim for every child to have attendance  at least the national average of 96%.

Please ensure that your child arrives at school punctually. Your child will be considered to be late if they arrive after 8.50am.

The school gates open at 8.30am and the school day starts at 8.40am. The school day ends at 3.010pm. 


The Government issued new regulations in September 2013 regarding Leave of  Absence; The Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended  by Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

Headteachers shall not grant any Leave of Absence during term time unless they  consider there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

Parents do not have any entitlement to take their children on holiday during term time. 

The school can only consider applications for Leave of Absence which are made by the resident parent. i.e the parent with whom the child normally resides.

Applications for Leave of Absence must be made in advance and failure to do so will  result in the absence being recorded as “unauthorised”. This may result in legal action against the parent/ carer, by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

To apply for a leave of absence please complete the holiday request form, if appropriate, and make an appointment to meet with the headteacher.


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Holiday request form