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Stanley Primary School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her potential.  Each stage of a child’s education is of equal significance and it is no more acceptable to take Infant or Junior aged children out of school than it is to withdraw them at Secondary level.

The school strives to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure.


The LEA and national government are committed to raising levels of attendance in all schools, with the expectation that children will achieve an average level of attendance of at least 95%. It is our expectation that families will work with the school in order to achieve this level of attendance and we are called upon to investigate levels which fall below 90%. We work closely with the Education Welfare Service to promote good habits of attendance from the very start, and as a school we monitor the attendance of our pupils very closely. We are vigilant of children missing education and are aware that this can be an indicator of a safeguarding issue.


If we are concerned about your child's attendance, we will write or telephone you to advise you of those concerns. Children, whose attendance falls below 90%, will have all absences coded as unauthorised, unless supporting evidence is provided (doctor's appointment card or hospital letter). If attendance fails to improve the Education Welfare Service may contact you. We will work closely with you and offer support to ensure that a dip in attendance is quickly rectified.



Please note that we have a duty to ensure that all absences from school are recorded as ‘Authorised’ or ‘Unauthorised’. 

Absences can be authorised for illness, for religious observance in the religion to which the parents belong and other circumstances including family bereavement, at the discretion of the Headteacher. 

  • The school day starts at
    •  08.45/12.30  for Pre-School children
    •  08.50 for Reception, KS1 & KS2 children

Children arriving after the registers have been taken will be marked as late.

  • Registers close at 09.15 and any late arrivals after 09.15 are classified as an unauthorised absence.
  • The school must be informed by 09.00 on the first day of a child’s absence, giving details of the child’s name, class, reason for absence and expected date of return if known:
    • By telephoning 020 8977 4858
    • By letter if another parent or child can deliver it

Children should not return to school for a minimum of 48 hours after an episode of sickness or diarrhoea.

  • The school will contact parents where a reason for a child’s absence has not been notified.
  • The school should be kept informed if the absence continues into a second week.
  • Reasons for unexpected absences should be confirmed in writing on the child’s return.
  • All pre-planned absences, for example medical appointment, should be notified in writing, in advance.
  • It is not possible for the school to authorise occasional visits and family days out.

Requests for any absence, other than illness or medical appointment, must be made by completing the school’s ‘Request for Authorised Absence Form’ (https://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/forms/) prior to the requested absence.

Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8UH

Tel: 020 8977 4858