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Late/Absence Procedures


Attend & Achieve


What our Parents and Carers need to know.

School gates open at 8:30am and close at 8:40am.


You can text a reason for absence using the school's

Pupil Absence Text Number:



Good attendance is important to us at Middlemarch School. When children attend regularly they benefit both socially and academically.


Good attendance and being at school on time, will be celebrated often in school and shared with our local community through the school newsletter and our website.


When does my child need to be in school?

All pupils should be at school in good time for registration. School gates open at 8:30am and the register is taken by Teachers at 8:45am.


What happens if my child is late?

Registration finishes at 8:50am in the morning and 1:15pm in the afternoon.

If your child arrives between 8:45am and 9:00am he/she will be marked late (before registers close).

If your child arrives after 9:00am he/she will be marked as late (after registers close).


Arriving after 9am will count as an absence on your child's attendance record.

Pupils who arrive after registration should report to the school office. If a pupil is persistently late a meeting will be arranged to discuss reasons for lateness and to address strategies for improving punctuality.


Will I be contacted if my child is absent?

The school operates a first day response to absences and will text you if we have not heard from you; this is because we believe it is our responsibility to ensure your child's safety as well as to encourage their regular school attendance. 


You can text a reason for absence using the school's Pupil Absence Text Number:



What is an acceptable reason for absence?

  • Illness
  • Emergency dental/medical appointment
  • Day of religious observance
  • Family bereavement



Except in case of illness, you should ask for permission for your child to miss school well in advance, giving full details. In cases of recurring absences through illness or if your child's attendance remains below 96% you will be asked to produce a medical appointment card/letter.



Middlemarch School will not authorize absence for holidays in term-time.


How to help your child arrive at School on time.

  • Establish a good morning routine. Go to bed at a reasonable time.
  • Organise dental and medical appointments out of school time.
  • Always inform school if your child is absent.
  • Take family holidays outside of term time.
  • Talk to your child about their school day.



**** UPDATE ****


We now have an app to report children's absences:


Please follow the link above to register and download this free app.



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