Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

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 (2021-2022) our attendance figure was above the national average at 94.4% and our attendance expectations for the current academic year (2022/2023) will continue to be high. In regards to Covid-19, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is three days.

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. 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, up until 9.05am. Any children arriving after 9.05am, will not be recorded as late and will instead be recorded as unauthorised. 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. 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 to help you determine if your child should attend school.

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

Childhood Illnesses

We adhere to the following advice from Health Protection Agency to prevent the spread of infection in school.  Please call us if you are unsure whether your child can attend school with a particular illness.

Health Protection Agency - Guidance on Infection Control in Schools




    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 we learn from our mistakes.

    We work in partnership with you to ensure your child is safe and ready to learn. 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.

    We aim to create a supportive and calm environment in which the rights of everyone within the school community feel understood, valued and upheld. Our focus is on teaching and modelling positive behaviour.

    Our approach to behaviour management builds upon positivity, creating pro-social behaviours so that our pupils can learn in a safe and stimulating environment and grow to become model members of our local community. At times, consequences are necessary, as they are part of the learning process therefore consequences are based around reflection and restorative care.

     When a pupil demonstrates unacceptable behaviour, it is the behaviour that is unacceptable, not the child. We give the pupil the opportunity to correct/redeem their inappropriate action and discuss with them the positive choices that could have been made.

    Below is a link to the NHS website page on how to deal with challenging behaviour in children, including further links to the NSPCC and other organisations that offer support.