Attendance and Punctuality


Most children at Clapham Manor attend regularly and on time. However, there are some children whose attendance and punctuality give cause for concern.

Remember the following:

Junior children need to be in the playground by 8.55 am. If your child arrives between 9.00 and 9.20 am they are marked late. If your child arrives after the close of the register at 9.20 am, they are marked absent (unauthorised) for the morning session.

Infant children need to be in the playground by 9.10 am. If your child arrives between 9.15 am and 9.35 am they are marked late. If they arrive after this time they are marked absent (unauthorised) for the morning session.

The school office should be notified on each day of a child’s absence. The absence will be authorised by the school if the reason stated is in line with school policy. Please click here to download our attendance policy. Other absences are regarded as unauthorised.

We ask that medical appointments are made outside of school hours, however if this is not possible the school may request evidence of the appointment before your child’s absence is authorised.

Holidays in term time

Local Education Authority, Governors and the school discourage holidays taken during term time. The school will only authorise a maximum of three days holiday for exceptional circumstances and only if the child has been attending school regularly and on time.

If your child is due to be involved in SATs near or during the time requested then the request will not be granted.

Any applications for holiday leave during term time, must be sent in using the school’s application form and evidence must be provided. This will ensure a faster response. In order to access the form please follow this link: Request for Term Time Absence. Once completed and signed please hand the form in to the school office.

The Local Authority is responsible for educating all children of compulsory school age and has powers to ensure that children attend school. Following new government guidelines, parents and carers can be prosecuted for irregular attendance and unauthorised absences and fined up to a maximum of £2500 or 3 months imprisonment. The Local Authority issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) following periods of unauthorised absence or truancy sweeps. The FPN is £60 if paid within 28 days and rises to £120 if paid before 48 days from the date of issue. Failure to pay will result in legal proceedings.

The school monitors your child’s attendance and punctuality and is obliged to refer children whose punctuality or attendance causes concern to the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) at Lambeth. At this stage it is likely that you will receive a court warning letter and Lambeth will consider the appropriate action to be taken.

Please support your child’s education and the school by ensuring that your child attends regularly and on time.