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Orchard Primary Academy


Our target for attendance is 96% 


If your child for any reason is not in school, please ensure that you have rung the school office (01924 469578) before 8:50am. You can leave a message via our automated system.

Below is a document clearly showing the impact of poor punctuality and absence. 

If your child's attendance falls below 96%, you will receive a letter informing you. If it continues to decrease, a meeting will be arranged with a member of the attendance team to discuss ways forward.

If your child's attendance continues to be a concern, and you are not making effort to engage with the attendance team in school, you may face prosecution. 



It is really important to ensure that your child attend school on time so that they do not miss out on the start of lessons. Please see below for the start times:

Nursery Morning Session starts at 8:45am

Nursery Afternoon Session starts at 12:20pm

Reception starts at 9:00am

Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 starts at 8:50am

If your child's punctuality is a concern, you will be invited to have a meeting with a member of the attendance team to discuss proactive ideas and solutions to ensure things improve.



Orchard has a zero tolerance policy to parents taking pupils out of school during term time and  school will not authorise absence for any child whose parent books a family holiday during term time.  If you do take your child on holiday,  a holiday request form must be completed. These can be collected from the main office.


Attendance Rewards

We have a variety of incentives and rewards at Orchard Primary Academy in order to promote good punctuality and attendance - Please see a list below. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions!

  • 100% attendance certificates per half term
  • 100% gold badge per term
  • Film reward every half term for children who have achieved 96% or above
  • Assembly reward - Roll the dice to win a prize for your class!
  • Hot sport rewards
  • Sticker charts


Home visits

If you have not made contact with school to notify us that your child will not be in school then we will conduct a home visit. If you are not in we will leave a calling card. Please contact the office to make us aware of the reason. If we do not hear anything , your child's absence will be marked as unauthorised.