At Greenfields we reward our children for being ‘the best they can be’. Children can collect attendance and punctuality merits every day. They collect these merits for attending school and being on time.

You can also check the ‘Going for Gold’ Attendance Medals table, which is published weekly in our newsletter. Each half term, the winning class receives a Golden Ticket to exchange for a treat of their choice.



Illness – When your child says they feel unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. Not every illness will mean your child should stay away from school. Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This link will take you to the NHS guidelines that should help you make that judgement:

NHS – Is my child too ill for school?

If children have an infectious illness, when deciding whether the absence can be authorised, we use the Public Health England guidance to schools about the recommended time that children should be kept away from school:

2017 PHE guidance – Health Protection in Schools

Please remember that if your child is going to be absent for any reason, we need you to let the school office know before 10:00 am on each day of their absence.


Medication – In order to encourage regular attendance and full participation in school life, we urge parents/carers to speak to their GPs about how the timings of medication can fit around the school day. If staff are asked to administer GP prescribed medicines, we follow these guidelines:

  • Non-prescribed medicines cannot be administered to any child.
  • Medicines can only be given if parents/carers have given written permission.
  • Medicines can only be administered according to prescription dosage and where the frequency is specified as ‘4 times daily’ (‘3 times daily’ medication can be administered by parents/carers before school, after school and before bed).
  • Medicines must have the pharmacy label showing the child’s name, the prescribed dosage and frequency of administration.
  • Medicines must be handed in at the school office to be stored in a secure place. (Children who require the use of inhalers or epipens will always have immediate access to them.)


Punctuality – If a child is repeatedly late, it can have a significant negative impact on their learning. Wherever possible we ask that children arrive 5 minutes before their doors are opened.

For security reasons morning entrance doors are closed promptly. Children who are late should come into school through the main entrance, where the time of arrival is logged and a late mark recorded in the register. Depending upon the time of arrival, this can result in the session being marked as an unauthorised absence.


Holidays in term time – The Government’s amendments to the 2006 regulations make it clear that Headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term, time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents/carers are no longer entitled to take their child(ren) on holiday during term time. For this reason, we cannot grant authorised leave of absence for term-time family holidays. Authorised leave of absence can now only be granted in exceptional circumstances. The school’s Governing Body must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave, therefore any requests for leave of absence must be put in writing. Low cost travel or arrangements made by another family member or friends are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances.


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