Shay Lane Primary School


Our aim at Shay Lane Primary School is to ensure that every child, regardless of race, gender or ability receives their full entitlement to school and educational provision.

We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. We will reward those children whose attendance is very good. We will also make the best provision we can for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.


In an attempt to improve our attendance  we have adopted the system outlined below:-  

At the end of each half term:

If you receive a GREEN letter this means that your child has attendance which is on or above the 96% minimum expected mark – keep up the good work!

If you receive an AMBER letter this means that whilst your child’s attendance is not yet “concerning” they have attendance BELOW 96% and therefore have had an above average amount of time off school this year. It may be that these absences have been due to illness but we feel you should be aware that this needs to improve over the coming term.

If your child receives a RED letter this means they have had significant periods of time off school this year (below 90%) and are at risk of underachieving as a result. We would ask for your support in ensuring that attendance improves over the coming weeks. Your child’s attendance will then be monitored on a regular basis and we may invite you into school to discuss this further.

If, following a RED letter, your child’s attendance does not improve we will contact you again in order to discuss the situation further. It may be necessary to ask the Education Welfare Officer for assistance in this matter.


We are asking for the support of all parents in improving attendance levels as we believe this is one of the main ways in which our children will be happy at school and achieve their full potential. Children achieving 98% and above throughout the year will receive a Golden ticket and will be put forward to win a prize, this is to be selected by the school council following discussions with their peers.

Our Attendance Policy is available under the Policies tab on this website.

If you need to take your child out of school during term time for any reason, please complete the downloadable Absence Request Form and return it to school.


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