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Attendance & Punctuality

Attendance and Punctuality are extremely important at Springwood Junior Academy

We believe it is vital that children are in school, and learning, as much as they possibly can be.  Children with OUTSTANDING ATTENDANCE are able to participate in, and benefit from, the wonderful learning, event and activities provided by our school; what we would like for every single one of our pupils!

Please see the diagram on the left for details of what attendance percentages mean to us.  If a child’s attendance drops below 90% we may ask our EWO, the Academy Education Welfare Officer, to support the family.

We understand that from time to time children need to be absent from school, but we ask that parents/carers contact school before 9am to let us know that your child is absent and why.  We are able to administer prescribed medicines in school so if this is required, please bring the medicines into the school office and fill out the permission form to allow us to do this.


Being on time is really important to your child; every morning the class teacher explains what is going to happen during that day so even if your child misses just a few minutes they may miss some very important information. Additionally, learning starts the minute the children enter class each day and if your child is late they could miss the beginning of the lesson where the teacher explains what they need to do and gives the key learning points for the rest of the session.


Getting into the habit of being punctual at school is a good life lesson. Good timekeeping is a requirement for most employers and is usually listed as a requirement for employees so by ensuring your child learns to be on time you are not only helping them make the most of school, but also helping them with their future job prospects.

What to do if your child is ill

Please keep him/her at home until fully recovered. However, for everyone’s peace of mind and so that school and home know where your child is at all times, please inform us, preferably before 9:00 am but certainly before 9:30 am of their absence for whatever reason.

Please leave a message on the absence line on the school number

0114 287 2597

If we do not hear from you, we will contact you to ascertain the reason. If we are not informed of the reason for your child’s absence this will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised’ absence on their record. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% you will be invited to school to discuss the matter. Continued absence will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.

N.B. Parents are encouraged to make all health appointments outside of school hours.