High Ercall Primary School

Class 1 Attendance Trophy winners - Autumn term 2023

Class 1 Attendance Trophy winners - Autumn term 2023

Class 5 are trying to catch up Class 1 as Attendance Trophy winners!

Class 5 are trying to catch up Class 1 as Attendance Trophy winners!

Attendance at High Ercall Primary School

High Ercall Primary School is dedicated to working in partnership with parents and the Local Authority to improve school attendance.

We are proud that our pupil attendance was the highest out of all Telford and Wrekin schools in 2022-2023. 

Our OFSTED report in March 2023 stated that: Pupils love coming to school and attend regularly.

As a parent, ensuring that your child(ren) are in school each day, will give them the best possible chance to achieve their academic potential and have real opportunity in further education and the world of work.


Attendance = Achievement!

Every day counts and every child matters.


The importance of being in school every day.

Being in school every day will enable your child to:

  • Access the lessons needed to achieve in line with their peers.
  • Maintain friendships and develop new ones.
  • Have access to social and sporting events offered by the school.
  • Explore potential careers.
  • Develop work habits such as good punctuality which are essential to thrive in the world of employment.

A child is classed as persistently absent if their attendance is 90% and below. If your child(ren) are at risk of becoming persistently absent, our Attendance Team will liaise with our Education Welfare Officer to ensure we are offering support and advice to ensure attendance improves.



Pupils must arrive in school by 8:45am on each school day. They all line up on the playground and staff greet the children and take them inside.

The register for the first session will be taken at 8:50am. The register for the second session will be taken at 1:15pm.

The importance of being in school on time each day.

Poor punctuality can lead to your child…

  • Feeling embarrassed in front of their friends
  • Missing the beginning of vital lessons
  • Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day
  • Learning habits which could affect their employability in the future

Reporting Pupil Absence 

It is the parents/carers responsibility to inform the school of their child’s unexpected absence as soon as possible.

Please either telephone the school office on 01952 387570 or email a2051@taw.org.uk with any absence details on the first day of absence by 8.45am.

Mrs Johnson or Mrs Machin will contact you if we do not hear from you.

Attendance Team

How can I get help with my child’s attendance?

If you are worried about your child/children’s attendance the first port of call is to discuss your concerns with a member of our attendance team who may be able to offer support, help and advice. Class teachers will also support with any worries which are impacting on your child's attendance.

Mrs Johnson: Administrator

  • Checks the registers and make first day contact calls.
  • Enters ‘U’ code into register for children who arrive after 9:30 and ‘L’ code for children who arrive between 9 – 9:30.
  • Enters reason for lates onto Bromcom and the total educational minutes lost.
  • Prints attendance percentages for celebrations of classes in assembly on a Friday

Mrs Machin: Business Manager

  • Checks the MIS system and attendance daily with Mrs Johnson
  • Attends an EWO attendance meeting to monitor children punctuality and children with attendance of 90% and below, every 3 weeks.
  • Oversees attendance and liaise with the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) - Rebecca Giles
  • Liaison with parents to offer support
  • Completion of a yearly action plan
  • Organises an annual meeting with our EWO and new Reception starters

Mrs Roberts: Headteacher 

  • Leads attendance across the school
  • Offers a clear vision for attendance improvement alongside The Governing Body
  • Evaluates and monitors expectations and processes
  • Has an oversight of data analysis
  • Devises specific strategies to address areas of poor attendance identified through data
  • Arranges calls and meetings with parents to discuss attendance issues alongside Mrs Machin
  • Delivers targeted intervention and support to pupils and families through the Early Help offer
  • Liaises with the school EWO with Mrs Machin
  • Shares attendance data with the Governing Body and action planning

Policies and Procedures

Please see below for links to our key policies.

For any further information, please contact Mrs Machin or Mrs Roberts.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Flyer

Early Help Leaflet

DFE Guidance - helping parents with attendance

NHS Guidance - Is my child too ill for school?