Sugar Hill Primary School

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Sheraton Road, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5NU


Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'


At Sugar Hill Primary School we have an Attendance Team who work together to achieve the best outcomes for all children and their families with regard to attendance. Our 2022-2023 Attendance Policy is uploaded to the Key Policies information alongside a shorter version providing guidance for parents and carers regarding their responsibilities in keeping school updated with any absences from school.

Our Attendance Team are:-

Paula O’Rourke

Designated Senior Leader with responsibility for attendance

Kathryn Legge

Deputy Head Teacher

Michelle Hindmarsh

Teacher with Leading Responsibility

Belinda Atkinson Jones

Social Learning Mentor

Donna White

Attendance Admin

Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law.

Sugar Hill Primary School and Nursery fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.

Our policy applies to all children registered at this school and this policy is made available to all parents/carers of pupils who are registered at our school on our school website.

This policy has been written to adhere to the relevant Children Acts, Education Acts, Regulations and Guidance from the Department for Education in addition to guidance from the Local Authority.

Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Head teacher, Attendance Lead and Governors at our school work together with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported to develop good attendance habits. Procedures in this policy are followed to ensure this happens.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed two whole terms of learning.