Button Lane, Manchester, Lancashire M23 0ND

0161 945 1965

Button Lane Primary School

Only the best is good enough

Our attendance target for 2015 - 2016 is 97%


At Button Lane Primary School, we recognise that there is a very clear relationship between the regularity with which pupils attend school and their academic achievement.

Pupils with good attendance records benefit from:
• Continuity of learning in lessons.
• Improved performance in examinations.
• Support and guidance with Reading, Writing and Maths.
• Maintaining friendships.
• Developing good habits for adult life.

We therefore ask for your support to keep absenteeism to a minimum, so that we can prepare your son/daughter effectively for their future. Please ensure that all medical appointments are made after school or in the school holidays


Our attendance target for 2017/18 is 97% . This is an ambitious target but we are confident that as a school we can achieve it.


Why is good attendance and punctuality important?

Punctuality Facts


5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost learning each year

15 minutes late each day = 2 weeks lost learning each year

30 minutes late each day = 19 days lost learning each year

Attendance Process

If your child is absent from school you must telephone the office on the first day of absence before 9.30 am and provide a reason.
If we receive no confirmation of the reason you will receive a phone call home from our attendance officer.
If your child is absent for more than 3 days then you will receive a phone call home from the attendance officer or a home visit to see if any support is required.
If your child's attendance drops below 96% it will be monitored.
If your child's attendance drops below 90% then your child will be put on the persistent absentee list.

Actions that could be taken:
• Home visit letters
• Red, Amber or Green Letters
• Request for you to attend a Red or Amber Attendance Panel to discuss your child's attendance where a formal contract will be drawn up.

If there are still no improvements your case could be passed on to the authorities for possible prosecution.

Holidays in Term Time

No holidays will be authorised for any pupils (unless in exceptional circumstances) as the lessons they miss will have a detrimental effect on their progress and academic success.

We recognise that financial pressures and work commitments sometimes make it difficult to take holidays outside of school time. However you cannot avoid the fact that your children will only have one chance to receive an education and in order for the staff at Button Lane Primary School to do their very best for your child we ask that you support us in this matter.

If you choose to take an unauthorised leave of absence then you may be at risk of a £60 per child per parent fine from Manchester City Council.

Attendance during

one school year

How many

days absent?

How many

weeks absent?

How many

lessons missed?


95% 9 days 2 weeks 50 lessons  
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons  
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons  
70% 57 days 11.5 weeks 288 lessons  
60% 80 days 16 weeks 400 lessons  
50% 100 days 20 weeks 500 lessons  

Button Lane Primary School

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With any urgent queries please contact our office at:

0161 945 1965