Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Behaviour and Attendance


Here at Cranborne School, we pride ourselves in maintaining high standards and ensuring all children have access to an excellent education. Our results speak for themselves; we are consistently in the top 20% of all schools nationally in reading, writing and maths, something we are incredibly proud of.  We whole heartedly believe that for children to be effective learners, they need to be in school, on time every day. 

As a school, we ensure your children have a safe and exciting place to learn. We offer many incentives for children to motivate them to attend. This includes an exciting curriculum, educational visits, in-school workshops and a wide range of clubs and sports to engage all children. We also promote good attendance with regular attendance awards for classes and individuals. 

Good attendance at school is crucial and we ask that all families work with us to instil the importance of being at school with your child. Ensure you are looking at your child’s report on Arbor and tracking their attendance yourself, keep us up to date with any ongoing medical concerns and let us know if we can offer any additional support to make sure your child in in school, on time, every day.

We are unable to authorise any term term holidays. 

Please also see our Attendance Policy and information from the Department for Education:

Attendance Policy 

Attendance Targets  

Government publications on school attendance


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.