Please see below each year groups start and finish times

Please arrive at school on time and be on time to collect your child/children.

Is Your Child Missing Out?

Focus on Attendance and Punctuality

Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in children achieving their full potential in education. At Abbey Hey Primary Academy we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the academy every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties, but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at the academy.

The target attendance figure for all children is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below.


Group 1: No Concern - Green Group 

The child attends for 97% - 100% of the time.


Group 2: Concern - Yellow Group

The child attends for 96% - 96.9% of the time.


Group 3: Risk of Underachievement

Amber Group

The child attends for 94% - 95.9% of the time.


Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement

– Pink Group

The child attends for 90% - 93.9% of the time.


Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement

– Red Group

The child attends for 0% - 89.9% of the time.

Abbey Hey Primary Academy are monitoring children closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends the academy regularly and punctually. It is important that parents/carers monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

At Abbey Hey Primary Academy we reward children who attend the academy each day and whose attendance is improving. Children are also rewarded for good punctuality.

Things you can do to help ......

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. School doors open at 8.30am and lesson time begins at 8.45am. Children arriving after 9.15am may be marked absent and will require a genuine explanation or the absence will remain un-authorised.
  • Ensure school has up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted us. This ensures that the absence is quickly identified.
  • If your child is ill, contact school on the first day of absence.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as un-authorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
  • Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.
  • Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
  • Holidays should not be taken in school time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Principal and only agreed where there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Respond to letters, telephone calls, texts or dojo messages regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Contact your child’s class teacher if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.
  • If you need help with attendance please speak to Mrs Bowcock in the office, Clancey (Family support worker), Alyson Knowles (attendance officer) or Mrs Short (SENCO/Safeguarding lead)

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Abbey Hey Primary Academy.


If your child is going to be absent for whatever reason you must contact the school that morning either by phone or email:

Telephone - 0161 223 1592
Email -

If your child/children are going to be absent due to having an appointment please provide the school with a medical card or letter so that we can take a copy of this for school records. You can download and print one of the school Medical Appointment sheets below and take it to your appointment to get stamped or signed.

Leave of Absence

From September 1st 2013, the law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave of absence will only be granted by the head teacher if there are exceptional circumstances that warrant granting leave. All requests for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances must be made in writing to the headteacher using the form below who will consider each individual case. Failure to attend school if the request is declined, may result in a penalty notice being issued.

Each such Penalty Notice incurs a fine of £120 to be paid within 28 days, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days of the notice being served. Failure to pay a penalty notice may result in further action being taken against you.


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