Carlton Road Academy actively promotes and rewards good attendance so please make sure your child attends regularly and on time.  The school is open from 8.40 a.m. each morning so children can enter before registration at 8.50 a.m.

Being in school every day is so important and school attendance is a big part of our culture at Carlton Road Academy, but why is it so important?

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult lives. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly. If children do not attend school regularly, they may:

· Struggle to keep up with their learning. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.

· Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s abilities to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up. Have less chance of securing a job when they are adults.

If you or your child are experiencing any issues which may prevent them from having good attendance, please come and speak to us.

Contacting the school if your child is absent

  • Please ring the school office on 01205 364674. You may also notify us of any absence on the WEDUC application, where you can complete an absence form. You must contact the school on every day of absence.
  • If school is not notified of an absence, a member of staff from school will phone to find out why your child is absent.
  • If no contact is made with the school, please be aware that a home visit may be made by our Education Welfare Officer.


If your child is prescribed medicine by the doctor then the following rules apply:

  • Medicine prescribed 3 times per day WILL NOT be given by staff. Parents can give the prescribed dosage morning, after school and bed time.
  • Medicine prescribe 4 times per day WILL be given by a member of the staff but parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.

For safety reasons, no children should be bringing medicines or tablets to school in their lunch boxes.  Generally we would expect a child to have no more than 48 hours off school if they are given medication from the doctor unless absolutely necessary.  Any child suffering from diarrhoea should also be kept off school for 48 hours.


Government regulations introduced in September 2013 state that pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time.  The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for this.

Any absence may now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. The decision rests with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Federation Educational Welfare Officer.

Should you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances during term time, an appointment will need to be made with the Education Welfare Officer and you should contact the school office in the first instance.

Absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine being issued under Section 444(B) of the Education Act 1996.