Our Academy is committed to providing a quality education for all pupils. We believe that pupils can only benefit from the quality education provided at Macaulay Primary Academy through regular school attendance. We will, therefore, strive to achieve the maximum possible attendance for all pupils and we will make sure that any problems are identified and resolved quickly. As an academy we will be working collaboratively with staff, the local authority and parents/guardians/carers in order to achieve maximum attendance for each pupil. We are available each day should you need to discuss any issues or questions you may have and at times home visits to parents/guardians will be conducted when required, to discuss attendance and welfare. During these visits we may be discussing the legal responsibilities associated with attendance and how this can affect you. If you have any questions or queries please ask. Our contact details are:

Telephone: 01472 503350

The start times are as follows:
Foundation and Key Stage 1 – Gates open at 8.40am and register taken at 8.55am
Key Stage 2 – Gates open at 8.40am and register taken at 8.55am
If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, then you must contact the school on 01472 503350 to provide a reason for absence. Failure to do so without good reason can result in unauthorised absence. 

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System
At Macaulay Primary Academy Academy our target is: 96.5% What colour was your class last week? 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 Lateness ARE YOU HOT (Here OTime)Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:
Leave of Absence: 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.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. Exclusion is seen as a last resort after all other attempts to modify behaviour have failed. Exclusion serves several purposes, including: 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.

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances. Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence.  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.

Attendance at Macaulay is extremely important and we like the children to take ownership of this. Class leader boards are displayed around school so children can see how their class ‘team’ is doing and if they are winning the attendance race. We also like to reward the children for consistently high attendance, including a termly raffle where a winner is chosen from each primary phase to treat themselves to a new book and game from the local shops – you have to be in it to win it! Children will also receive attendance certificates for having attendance over 96%.