At Utkinton St. Paul's C of E Primary School we encourage good attendance. However, children who are too ill to come to school or may pass infection to others should not attend. When children are absent from school we ask parents to inform the school office by 9am on the first day of absence. We have a dedicated absence line and if the school office is not available, we request parents leave a voicemail. We will contact parents if we feel their child is too ill to stay in school.

Leave of absence will be given for attendance for medical appointments or examinations in music or dance etc. Where possible, all non urgent medical appointments should be made outside of school hours.


The school gate is open from 8.45am and children are asked to line up ready to be brought into school for 8.55am. Pupils are then registered at 9am, therefore any children who arrive to school after this time will receive a late mark. If you bring your child to school after 9.30am they will receive an unauthorised absence for the morning.

Learning starts at 9am prompt and it is vital children are in school on time each day. Lateness causes distruption not only to the child's learning but also to the class.

Lateness = Lost Learning
5 minutes late every day 3 days lost
10 minutes late every day 6.5 days lost
15 minutes late every day 10 days lost
20 minutes late every day 13 days lost
30 minutes late every day 19 days lost


Term-time holidays

Amendments to the Education (Student Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, in force from 1st September 2013, make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In exceptional circumstances, when a leave of absence is granted, the Headteacher will determine the number of days a child or young person can be away from school.

Parents should not plan for their child to be absent from school without gaining prior agreement. Requests for a planned leave of absence under exceptional circumstances should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of the start date of the requested absence, in writing to the Headteacher. The Headteacher cannot retrospectively authorise a planned absence.

Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. 

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Utkinton Primary School

Quarry Bank, Utkinton,
Tarporley, Cheshire

Headteacher: Miss Lorna Pleavin

Main Contact: Jo Wright (Admin Officer)

Tel: 01829 732322

SEN Contact: Miss Pleavin

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Chair of Governors: Mr Andy Canham