Every school day counts

Children are required to spend 190 days at school per academic year. At Merlin Top we expect children to aim for a minimum of 96% attendance, this is the national average.

For some parents 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day per week or 19 days of school during the school year - that's nearly 4 school weeks!

Absence Procedures

If a parent/carer has not let the office know of an absence by 9:15am a text message and phone call will be made to establish why your child is absent. If school is still unsuccessful in establishing why your child is absent, then a home visit is possible, especially if your child's attendance is below 90%.

All pupils attendance is monitored by Mr Davis, Miss Whitcombe and Mrs Lansbury-Palmer who meet weekly to monitor attendance, lateness and persistent absence. School will arrange meetings with families for children with attendance under 90% to discuss attendance and punctuality issues.

Legal action may be taken if attendance does not improve. In all cases of unauthorised holidays taken during term time, a fixed penalty notice will be issued by the local authority.

Attendance Rewards

How we reward good attendance

  • A t-shirt for pupils with 100% attendance is given per term.
  • Weekly attendance trophies for the class with the highest attendance.
  • Weekly attendance Teddy for the EYFS class with the highest attendance.
  • An annual trip for children in years 3 to 6 with 100% attendance for the school year.

Merlin Top awards White T-Shirts to children in Year 1 to Year 6 with 100% Attendance each Term. Children who have 100% Attendance for the School Year receive a Gold T-Shirt in July.


In Early Years class with the highest attendance for the week are awarded the Attendance Teddy Bear.


Attendance Booklet

Parents Attendance Leaflet

Attendance Leagues