Why is 100% attendance so important?

At St.Margaret's C of E Primary School we know that 100% attendance is the key to a successful journey

throughout school and into adult life.

Our attendance officer:

Our attendance officer, Helen Shaw, is responsible for overseeing and investigating attendance. We work

in conjunction with Manchester City Council's attendance team.

If you have been unable to report your child's absence, Ms Shaw will contact you on the first day. If contact

is not made, this may lead to a home visit being made. This system is in line with our safeguarding


If you have any concerns or queries about attendance, please contact Ms Shaw via the school telephone number.

Attendance rewards.

At St.Margaret's C of E Primary School we reward children who have excellent attendance in school:

  • The Bank of St.Margaret's - The top three classes with be the best attendance each week are rewarded with £5, £2 and £1 awards. These are banked until the end of the year when classes decide how to spend their savings.

  • Postcards - Postcards congratulating children with 100% attendance for each half term are sent out. Postcards are also sent to children who have improved their attendance.

  • Attendance Treat - All children with 100% attendance for the academic year will be rewarded.

Arrival in the mornings.

School starts at 8.50am. All children should be on the playground ready to come into school when the bell rings. The school gates are closed at 9.00am and any children arriving to school after this time must report to the main office via the Withington Road gate.

Registration/Late arrivals:

Attendance registers are taken at the start of the morning and afternoon sessions by the class teacher. If your child arrives after 9.00am they are classed as being late. If your child is late, they must report to the school office and get a late slip. If your child has been late on any day, this will be shown by an 'L' on their attendance record. If your child arrives in school after 9.20am, this is noted as an unauthorised absence and is marked as a 'U' in their attendance record for the morning session.

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please let us know via the School App under the 'Absence Reporting' option. If your child is absent for more than three days due to a medical condition or illness, you will be asked to provide medical proof. This could be an appointment card, a prescription or the prescribed medicine. This can also be sent to us via the school app by simply taking a photo of one of these items and submitting it via the school app.

What should I do if my child has a medical appointment?

Whenever possible, please try to make any medical or dental appointments outside of the school day. At times, we understand that appointments may fall during the school day, on these occasions please inform the school office, in advance, of the time you will be collecting your child. It is vital that you let the office staff know first thing in the morning so that they can arrange for your child to be brought to you at the correct time. If staff are not made aware of this ahead of time, you may have to wait for a member of staff to become available to escort your child to the main office.