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At South Camberley Primary and Nursery School we are committed to providing high quality inclusive learning opportunities for all pupils and we believe that excellent attendance and punctuality both play a crucial part in helping our pupils to reach their full potential.

It is vital that all Reception children are in school every day, regardless of whether or not they have reached compulsory school age.

Regular attendance enables good learning and socialisation habits to be formed and will help to ensure that all of our pupils have the greatest opportunity to develop these very important skills early to prepare them to be successful with their education.

We understand there will be occasions when it is necessary to keep your child home due to illness. When this is the case, please call the school on 01276 63870 as soon as you have made the decision not to send your child in.

We would ask that all non-urgent medical appointments are arranged out of school time. In addition, can we please remind you that holidays must not be taken during term time as the law prevents schools granting any leave of absence unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.


When pupils arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. This can have a detrimental effect on their achievement, regardless of their academic ability. They may also feel embarrassed and unprepared arriving to the classroom when everyone else is settled and ready to learn. Furthermore, when one pupil arrives late, it causes disruption and inconvenience to the entire class and the teacher, meaning everyone's education is compromised. 

The table below shows how much time can be missed over a year by arriving late to school every day:

5 minutes late every day 3 days of school lost a year
10 minutes late every day 6.5 days of school lost a year
15 minutes late every day 10 days of school lost a year
20 minutes late every day 13 days of school lost a year
30 minutes late every day 19 days of school lost a year

To promote excellent attendance we offer the following attendance incentives:

We have devised a programme of incentives to encourage excellent attendance and punctuality and we will revisit them periodically.

We will celebrate ‘best class attendance’ and ‘best class punctuality’ each week. As well as certificates for their classroom doors, KS1 will keep the Attendance Bear in their class as a reward and KS2 will have a trophy.

Each term  those with the highest attendance will receive a personalised certificate.

The class with the highest attendance on each site will get an invitation to have hot chocolate with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Pupils who have the ‘most improved’ attendance and punctuality will also be recognised.

At the end of each term, a special assembly will celebrate pupils who have achieved 100% attendance for that term. As well as collecting a
badge and certificate, their names will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Grand Prize at the end of the year