Marpool Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed


Marpool Primary School is committed to providing a full and effective educational experience for all children. We believe that if children are to benefit from education, good attendance is crucial. Attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career and establishes a good pattern for later life.

We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home-school links and communication systems that can be utilised whenever there is concern about attendance.

Absence Management

If your child is absent from school, it is important that you let us know. Please call the office on 01395 263961 by 9am if possible and explain the reason for the absence. If you do not report your child's absence, a member of the admin team will make a Safe To School phone call to establish the reason for the absence. This is then logged.

If no contact is made, a decision will be made by a senior member of staff as to whether a school welfare check is necessary. It is likely that this visit will involve two members of school staff. If access cannot be gained, a police welfare check may be requested.

Traffic Light System

Each half term we will email parents/carers letting them know the attendance percentage that their child has attained using the traffic light system.

96% attendance and above




Your child has attained a strong attendance level. Please keep this up!

93% to 95.9% attendance


Your child is below our 96% attendance threshold. We understand this may be due to days of sickness absence, including Covid. We hope their attendance picks up.

Below 93% attendance


Your child’s attendance is below the 96% threshold. With your support, we hope their attendance picks up.

  • Where, over the course of an academic year, a student has more than 10 sessions of illness or attendance drops below 96%, the school will contact parents to discuss ways to improve attendance.
  • If the school considers a child’s absence levels to be excessive, the school may write to parents and request a meeting to address concerns.
  • Continuing absence could then lead to Education Welfare Officer (EWO) involvement.
  • Where attendance improves, the school will make contact to acknowledge this.

If you would like to know more, the Attendance Policy is below:

Exe Estuary Attendance Policy

 Exe Estuary Federation Attendance Flow Chart