Behaviour and Attendance

We have very high expectations of behaviour and attendance at Cranborne. We recognise that children will have short periods of illness and so expect children to have attendance figures of 97% or above. Last year our attendance figure was 96.1% across the school. Many classes achieved 97% or better. We also had 24 children who achieved 100% attendance for the whole year.  

It is really important that children are in school and that they are punctual. Learning is built upon a sequence of experiences and by being at school on time you are ensuring your child has a better chance of continuing the learning journey. Missed sessions do affect children especially with their confidence and willingness to take risks in their learning. We monitor attendance closely and liaise with our Attendance Improvement Officer regularly. If you are experiencing any problems with attendance please come and talk to us so we can help. We do not authorise leave for holidays and will take action if parents are not following our attendance policy. 

The following link from the DfE can provide you with more information.


School attendance and absence

Children should arrive at school for 8.45am with class doors being closed at 8.55am. Any child arriving after this time will have to enter through the main reception and will be recorded as arriving late. If your child is absent we will send you a text to notify you. Please respond with a reason so we know your child is safe. When your child returns to school can you please provide a letter explaining the absence. It is important that you specify precisely what is wrong with your child, e.g. high temperature, vomiting, ear ache. Unfortunately we are not able to accept general comments of ‘unwell’ or 'ill'. The following is a useful guide regarding to help you determine if your child should attend school.


    Is my child too ill to attend school?

    At Cranborne, we expect all members of the community to treat each other with mutual respect and take responsibility for our own actions. We expect our children to be kind and considerate to one another and to learn from our mistakes. We work in partnership with you to ensure your child is safe and ready to learn. We are currently developing our approach to the 'Growth Mindset' and have launched our Super Learners to help children identify the key behaviours of successful learning including, resilience, collaboration, making connections, creativity and curiosity and independence. Keep an eye our for updates regarding this. The governing body take behaviour seriously and recognise that we must promote behaviours which enable our children to succeed in their future lives. They have produced a behaviour statement that supports the development of our behaviour policy.

    An easy to understand booklet on childhood illnesses is attached below.

    Childhood Illnesses