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School attendance

Meadow Vale Primary School seeks to ensure that all of its pupils receive a full-time education which enhances and maximises their opportunities for each pupil to reach their individual potential. Meadow Vale will strive to provide a caring, inclusive and welcoming environment where each member of the school community feels wanted, cared-for and secure. As a school, we will seek to work closely with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

To report a child absent please call the school office on 01344 421046 and select option 1. Alternatively, email: 

Please familiarise yourself with the school attendance policy:


Parents are expected to

Ensure their child attends every day the school is open except when a statutory reason applies

Notify the school as soon as possible when their child has to be unexpectedly absent (e.g. sickness)

Only request leave of absences in exceptional circumstances and do so in advance

Book any medical appointments around the school day

School are expected to

Have a clear school attendance policy on the website which all staff, pupils and parents understand

Develop and maintain a whole school culture that promotes the benefits of good attendance

Accurately complete admission and attendance registers

Have robust daily processes to follow up absence

Have a dedicated senior leader with overall responsibility for championing and improving attendance

Governing bodies are expected to

Take an active role in attendance improvement, support their school to prioritise attendance, and work together with leaders to set whole school cultures

Ensure school leaders fulfil expectations and statutory duties

Ensure school staff receive training on attendance

Local authorities are expected to

Have a strategic approach to improving attendance for the whole area and make it a key focus of all frontline council services

Have a School Attendance Support Team that works with all school in their area to remover area-wide barriers to attendance

Provide each school with a named point of contact in the School Attendance Support Team who can support with queries and advice

Offer opportunities for all schools in the area to share in effective practice

Leave of absence procedures

As detailed in our Attendance policy, and in line with DfE guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term time other that when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important to discuss this with us so that we can guide you through the process.

Where absences are unauthorised it could lead to further action being taken by the school, including a fixed penalty notice (FPN) being issued.


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Meadow Vale Primary School, Moordale Avenue, Priestwood, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1SY