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Late/Absence Procedures

"Pupils' attitudes to all aspects of school life are exemplary."

                                                                                                    - OFSTED, 2015

At Mitchell Brook, we expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. There is a proven connection between success at school and high attendance. We do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures if attendance is poor. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. We will reward those children whose attendance is very good. We will also make the best provision we can for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.


In addition, the school cannot grant holidays or leave in term time unless it is an exceptional circumstance. The Attendance Policy and Guidelines can be found on the link in the resources on this page. This gives more information about the process of applying for exceptional leave for children.



Punctuality is a life skill and is therefore strongly encouraged at our school. Parents are expected to support their children with this.

To support with children being on time the school does the following:

  • runs a breakfast club for 50p per day from
  • opens the school gates at 8:25 .am
  • has staff in the playground from 8:30 so parents can drop their children at the gate
  • allows children in Key Stage 2 to enter the school building from 8:30 .am


This means it would be an exceptional circumstance to be late rather than a regular occurence.


The school gates close at 8:45. Children arriving after this are considered 'MB late' as school starts at 8:45. Register is taken and lessons begin.