Good attendance at Church Aston Infant School is a high priority.  If you have any questions or worries regarding your child's attendance please contact our Headteacher to discuss them and find out about support available.

Every minute counts…

Is your child ever late for school? Did you know…

  • 5 minutes late each day = 3 days of school lost in a year
  • 10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days of school lost in a year
  • 15 minutes late each day = 10 days of school lost in a year
  • 20 minutes late each day = 13 days of school lost in a year
  • 30 minutes late each day = 19 days of school lost in a year
  • 19 days lost in a school year is likely to lead to one whole grade lower in SATs across all subjects

Attendance and Absence Procedures


We would ask that you notify school before 9.00 a.m. if your child is going to be absent and let us know the reason why e.g. sickness.  Please also let us know if your child is going to be late, e.g. when keeping a medical appointment. If you have not informed us of an absence by 10.00 a.m. we will telephone you to ascertain the reason for the absence and to ensure your child is safe.

This ensures that any authorised and unauthorised absences are identified as required by legislation.

Taking holidays during term time

Taking children out of school during school time does cause considerable disruption to a child’s education. There is no automatic right to any holiday in term time; the granting of leave of absence to go away on holiday in school term time is, by law, a matter for consideration and decision by the school. Neither the LA nor the school regard the granting of leave of absence in any school year as any kind of norm. National, Department for Education (DfE) and Telford & Wrekin Local Authority (LA) policy is that family holidays should not normally be taken in school term time.  From September 2013 Amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Leave during Term Time information leaflet

Unauthorised Absence

The school uses the services of an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who works with schools in the Newport Cluster.  Any unexplained absence will be referred to the EWO and contact will be made on the day of the absence by the EWO with the parents/carer of the child/ren.  All unexplained absence will be reported as unauthorised and will be followed up.

Attendance Documents, Letters and Forms to Download

Attendance Policy

Leave in Term Time Information

Persistent Absence letter

School Cluster Attendance Leaflet

Leave in Term Time Supreme Court Decision - May 2017

School Closure

It is always the intention of the school to stay open and the decision to close is never taken lightly however in rare events e.g. adverse weather conditions or a safety issue it may be necessary for us to close.  In the event of any closure your child's welfare is of the utmost importance to us as always.

School closure before the start of the school day

If the decision to close the school is made before the start of the school day we will update the School Closures page on the Telford and Wrekin website.  Any decision to close will be made following consultation between the Chair of Governors and the Headteacher.   

If possible a decision will be made at the end of the day as to whether the school is to remain closed or will open as normal the following day.  We will update the School Closures page on the Telford and Wrekin website.

School closure during the school day

Every effort will be made to keep the school open until the end of the school day (3.15pm). However, if a closure becomes unavoidable for a safety related matter or a weather related issue we will update the School Closures page on the Telford and Wrekin website.  In this event we will also contact parents and carers by email and/or phone.  No child will be allowed to leave school unless their parent/carer or named adult collects them and school will stay open until the last child is collected.