Hardwick Primary School is committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all its pupils and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all. This is based on the belief that only by attending school every day the school is available and punctually will children be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. High attainment depends on school attendance.


The DfE made amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which removes references to family holiday and extended leave. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional’ circumstances. The Governors’ policy, in line with DfE and Suffolk Education advice, is that all holidays should be taken in school closure periods, and the school will not authorise any term time holidays, regardless of the reasons.


The school however may grant a leave of absence only in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Headteacher, for example to attend a funeral or a wedding of a close family memeber. Applications must be made in advance using the 'green' form availble from the office reception area. Any leave of absence will not be authorised when children are due to take national/school tests: May/June for Years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

From 1st Sepember 2014 Suffolk County Counicl adopted a policy on unauthorised absence from school resulting in an immediate penalty notice fine (warning letters will no longer be sent to parents/carers). The Bury School Partnership have agreed a joint policy which stipulates that on the 8th unauthorised session a penalty notice will be issued.

Please read the Attendance Policy for further details by clicking on the link below.

School Attendance Policy


Academic Year 2015-2016 (autumn & spring terms)

Attendance for 2015-2016:

School overall absence (authorised plus unauthorised) as a percentage of total sessions possible = 96.4% (3.6%)
National data = 96.1 (3.9%)

School persistent absence (10%) = 6.6%
National data = 8.8%