Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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Advice on School Attendance 

Published by the DfE (Department For Education) in 2022 the document 'WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE' (See the parental responsibilities in the table) highlights that regular attendance at school is central to raising standards and ensuring that young people reach their full potential. 

The evidence shows that children with poor attendance are less likely to succeed academically and that they are more likely not to  be in education, employment or training when they leave school.

  Sustained patterns of non-attendance over a period of time can also impact on an individual's self-esteem, emotional health and opportunities for social interaction with peers.



Nettleworth School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their full potential.

Our whole school target for attendance is 96% which the Department for Education say is good attendance. 

The attendance for the academic year  2022-2023 was 94.7%






Late/Absence Procedures





In promoting a positive attitude and punctuality amongst children and their families, the school will ensure an appropriate and uninterrupted education for all pupils, so that the highest standards of attainment can be reached.

This can be achieved through the Head Teacher, staff, governors, the education welfare service and children and their families working together. 


It really is important to arrive at school in good time.


The school bell rings at 8:50am each day.

This is a vital time of the day and we encourage parents to be waiting on 8:50am as the doors open.

If you arrive with your child later than 8:55am, they will receive a late mark and will have missed the register.

They will also miss handwriting, phonics or any number of other vital learning opportunities.










Every day your child is at school is a day they are learning important skills and knowledge. 

We recognise that sometimes children are unwell and due to the nature of the illness may need time off school.

We encourage parents to contact school on the first day of illness by 9:30am to let us know why their child is off school. 

Please leave us a brief message telling us your child's name, class and reason for absence.

If your child just has a cold or says they feel unwell, we would encourage parents to send them to school and then if they are unwell during the day we will contact them.



Excellent news 100% attendance

Good news 96 – 99.9% attendance

Concerns raised 95 – 90% attendance

Serious concerns (PA - Persistent absence) 90% and below attendance



We continually strive to improve this by keeping the importance of attendance a high priority in school. 

This is done by daily monitoring of absence, holding 1:1 meetings with parents, attendance panels, targeted support referrals and many rewards & incentives for improvements.

Rewards such as certificates & prizes are given out weekly, termly and annually.







Medicines in school

Your child does not need to be kept at home just because they are taking medication.


Miss Riley or Ms Kirkland from the school office can administer medicines in school if written consent has been given by a parent/carer filling in our 'Consent form for the administration of drugs' form.

(A printable copy can be found below for you to print and sign if you are unable to visit the school office).


Medicines prescribed three times a day can be given before school at home, when the child arrives back home and then before bed.


Regular and emergency medication or creams can be given to a child if a consent form or care plan is completed by parents/carers.


Please speak to the school office staff for any enquiries.




Nettleworth - Administration of medicine