I am Nicola Spray, the Education Welfare Officer at Macaulay Primary Academy. I monitor attendance of pupils and their punctuality.

School attendance and attainment are closely linked.  I work with parents to ensure children reach their full potential by attending school regularly.

I am here to help and support you in getting your child into school, on time, and ready to learn!

Below you will find detailed the current attendance figures for each class, as well as the “Star of the Week” who has achieved 100% attendance!

Every Monday we have a raffle for those children who has had 100% attendance during the previous week and been on time every day. The lucky winner receives a £10 voucher !



Green, Amber and Red Attendance System

At Macaulay Primary Academy our target is:


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Did you know...

96% attendance is:

  • 8 days absence per year from school
  • the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years

95% attendance is:

  • 10 days absence per year from school
  • 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child's primary school education

90% attendance is:

  • 19 days absence per year from school
  • 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career


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Attendance Figures

These are the attendance figures for each class last week




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Lateness not only affects your child's education - it doesn't allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

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Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence.


Leave of Absence

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances.

We can no longer automatically accept letters from employers as a reason for approval, nor can we accept special offers, holidays as gifts or prizes as reasons to authorise the holiday.

We consider each request individually and cannot approve any leave retrospectively. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please complete a form which is available in our office or available for download at the bottom of this page.

If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and you take your child out of school, or keep your child off longer than was agreed, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority may issue a penalty notice. The fine is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. Non-payment may result in the case being referred for prosecution through the magistrate's court.

Fixed Term and Permanent Exclusions

Exclusion is seen as a last resort after all other attempts to modify behaviour have failed. Exclusion serves several purposes, including:

 To maintain high standards of behaviour in school

 To ensure the safety and well- being of all staff and children.

Under exceptional circumstances, the headteacher may issue a fixed term or permanent exclusion. It is also possible for the headteacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.

If the headteacher excludes a child, they will inform the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. Parents will be informed that they can appeal against the decision to the governing body. The headteacher will follow the LA guidelines and would inform the LA, and the EAB.

After an exclusion a reintegration meeting will take place with the pupil and parents, where a support plan will be agreed. We would expect to see an eradication of the problem behaviour at the point of the child returning to school. If not, the headteacher will consider permanently excluding the child. Permanent exclusion is very rare and is for violence and behaviour which puts children and or staff at risk. The clerk to governors receives a copy of the exclusion letter and an official exclusion form is sent to the LA. The EAB will be informed annually of the number and types of exclusions.

Please see behaviour policy on our policy page by clicking here

There have been no exclusions during the last academic year 2015-2016.

Term Dates 2017-2019

To assist you with planning any holidays, please find the term dates for this academic year detailed below:

School OpenSchool Close
Tuesday 5th September 2017Friday 20th October 2017
Autumn Half Term
Monday 30th October 2017Wednesday 20th December 2017
Christmas Holiday
Thursday 4th January 2018Friday 9th February 2018
Spring Half Term
Monday 19th February 2018Thursday 29th March 2018
Easter Holiday
Tuesday 17th April 2018Thursday 24th May 2018
Summer Half Term
Monday 4th June 2018Friday 20th July 2018
Summer Holiday
Tuesday 4th September 2018Friday 19th October 2018
 Autumn Half Term
Monday 29th October 2018Friday 21st December 2018
 Christmas Holiday
 Tuesday 8th January 2019Friday 15th February 2019
 Spring Half Term
 Monday 25th February 2019Friday 5th April 2019
 Easter Holiday
 Wednesday 24th April 2019Friday 24th May 2019
 Summer Half Term
Monday 3rd June 2019Friday 19th July 2019
 Summer Holiday



My Contact Details

If you have a query or would like to speak with me, I am contactable via the school office, e-mail, or mobile


Mobile: 07580 873689