Hayfield Primary School

Loving Learning, Loving Life.



If your child is unable to attend school, please advise the school by telephone by 9.15am, and on the child’s return to school, please send a note confirming the reason for absence. 

It is important that your child does not miss school unnecessarily and arrives on time every day, ready to learn. All absences in term-time, other than for sickness or educational purposes, will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our policy can be viewed on the website and is in line with statutory regulations and those adopted by all schools in the local area.  To request authorisation for absence, a form must be completed 2 weeks prior to the day(s),  These are available from the School Office and below.

It is only through regular attendance that pupils can build friendships, develop social groups and life skills and truly achieve their full potential.  Absence can build very quickly:-

    • 98 percent attendance means four school days missed.
    • 95 percent attendance means 10 school days missed.
    • 90 percent attendance means 19 school days missed.
    • 80 percent attendance means 38 school days missed.
  • Five minutes late each day means three school days missed.

In the interest of your child’s education, please do not book holidays in term-time. This does have an adverse effect on your child’s progress and such lost education cannot be recovered or made up by homework.  Should you choose to take your child out of school for the purposes of a holiday, the local authority can issue a penalty. 

All absences, both authorised and unauthorised, are reported to our Local Authority and to parents in their child’s end of year report. 

 Attendance Policy Leaflet 2023 -4.pubDownload
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