We encourage all pupils to have excellent attendance at East Ayton Primary School. Good attendance at school is extremely important to ensure all pupils achieve their full academic achievement. As a school, we will support families to ensure that their child achieves maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent this are identified and acted on promptly.

We are determined to do everything we can to ensure your child has the very best start in life. An essential part of this is that every child is punctual and attends school. As a parent or carer, you have an important part to play. It is your legal responsibility to ensure your child receives a suitable full-time education and attends school on time each day.

Persistent absence and lateness will affect a child’s achievement and progress in school. Research shows that there is a direct link between a child’s level of school attendance and their level of school attainment. Good attendance is 95% or more and if attendance is below 90% the child is classified as ‘persistently absent’ from school and this will have a negative impact on the child’s learning.



Punctuality to school is crucial as lateness into school causes disruption to that individual’s learning and to that of the other pupils in the class. It is important therefore that all pupils arrive at school on time. Reception class must arrive by 8:50am. For the rest of school, the school gates open at 8.50am and all pupils must arrive by 9:00am. If you child arrives after this time, please take them to the main school office.



The safeguarding of our pupils is paramount when they are in our care. If your child is absent from school, you must inform the school.

Pupils should only be absent from school if:

  • They are too ill to attend
  • They have a medical appointment that can’t be arranged out of school hours
  • There are exceptional circumstances
  • Advanced permission has been granted from school


Parents are asked to be mindful of the following when looking to book the family holiday:

  • Parents do not have the right to take their children out of school for the purposes of family holidays or trips abroad.
  • Parents should not take their children out of school without first seeking the school’s permission. 
    (A Request for Leave of Absence form must be obtained from the office before any leave takes place.)
  • Penalty Notices may be issued to parents who take their children out of school for holidays and extended leave of absence without the permission of the school in line with Local Authority guidelines.