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Welcome to the Riverside Primary Attendance Page

At Riverside Primary we believe that attendance and punctuality are key in ensuring children make rapid and sustained progress.

Our attendance and punctuality targets are deliberately set to be aspirational and challenging because we want to promote excellent attendance and punctuality habits for all pupils.

We work with families to aim for all pupils to have attendance above 97%.

Our Attendance Officer advises on attendance management issues and takes referrals on pupils who attend irregularly and are persistently late for school.

If your child arrives after 9.05am, they will be marked as U in the register and the lateness will be unauthorised.

In situations where parents fail to ensure regular school attendance or fail to ensure their child arrives on time, the Access and Attendance Team will consider issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice – £60 payable within 21 days, rising to £120 payable within 22-28 days. Non-payment will result in prosecution.

Holidays during term time are unauthorised and a Fixed Penalty Notice issued however, exceptional circumstances are taken into consideration. Leave of absence holiday requests should be completed in the form of an email to the school office or you may complete the Holiday Request Form and email to primary@riverside.bardaglea.org.uk

The School Gates open at 8:35am and close at 8:45am.

In the afternoon school gates open at 3.15pm and close at 3:25pm.

After these times please report to reception.

If your child is going to be absent please call the school on 0203 946 5888 press number 2 and leave a message, before 8.35am.

When reporting a child’s absence via phone call please include: –

Child’s name


Reason for absence

If you wish to speak to someone, please call between the hours of 8.30am-4pm Monday-Friday.

How your child’s attendance looks:

Attending school every day = 100% attendance
Attending 4½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year
Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year.
Attending 3½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.
An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.

Being late for school reduces learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year. If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.

Attendance Policy