Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

Late/Absence Procedures

Absences and late arrival

The most vital part of encouraging good attendance is to ensure that the school is a place to which the children want to come: that the school is a place where the children are treated with respect, feel valued and have the opportunity to ’Be the best that they can be’. The school is committed to promoting good attendance as part of its dedication to ensure quality educational provision to give its pupils the best start in life.

Absences from school 

If your child is not attending school you must inform the school office by 9am on the morning your child is absent from school.

Please ring on 01977 684037.

Listen to the menu and select option 1.

This can be done at any time 24/7


When leaving an absence message please include the following in the message.

  • The first and surname of your child
  • The class your child is in
  • The reason your child is not attending school


If we have not received a message from you by 9am office staff will begin to chase through texts and phone calls to find out why your child is absent from school. 

Late for school

If you are - for what ever reason running late - we would appreciate a phone call to inform us of the expected arrival time.

Please note the Highfield gate closes at 8:40am and there is no intercom at this gate.

The Rose Avenue gate does have an intercom for EYFS children.

Milford Road is the main gate and all late arrivals can access this way. 


Collection from school