Here at Valence, we promote the view that regular attendance is essential to ensure the best possible outcomes for children. We also feel that this is the responsibility of the whole school community.

Did you know?

Whilst an attendance figure of 90% does appear to be good, this is equal to missing half a day every week and across the whole year, is equal to four weeks of missed school work! 

If you have any concerns regarding your child's attendance, please do not hesitate to contact the schools Attendance Manager. The following links are an excellent resource to help improve your child's attendance. All the links take you to articles on the website.

Focus on lateness and the impact on learning 

School Refusal  

Absence Guidelines 

Holidays in Term Time  


To encourage our pupils to have the best attendance possible, we have the following reward systems in place:

Weekly attendance rewards

  • The weekly attendance winners are announced in Friday's celebration assembly for lower school and upper school, who receive the attendance cup, teddy and 15 minutes extra playtime from the Headteacher.
  • The winning class in each year group moves up the attendance tree every week.

Term attendance rewards

Each child with 100% attendance will be presented with an award:

  • One term with 100% will receive a bronze certificate and badge.
  • Two terms with 100% will receive a silver certificate and badge.
  • Three terms with 100% will receive a gold certificate, badge and a book. All children with 100% attendance will be entered into a raffle and one child will receive a grand prize.

Each child who reaches school attendance target will receive a certificate.

School hours

Group Start Finish
Nursery Bonham AM  8:30 am 11:30 am
Nursery Bonham PM 12:30 pm  3:30 pm
Nursery St. George's AM  8:30 am 11:30 am
NARP AM  8:30 am 11:30 am
NARP PM 12:30 pm  3:30 pm
Reception, Year 1 & Year 2  8:45 am  3:00 pm
Year 3 to Year 6  8:45 am  3:05pm

The school gates open at 8:40 am and the school doors are opened at 8:45 am, so that children will be able to go straight into class. Support and non-classroom based staff will be in the playground and on the doors from this time, which will give parents/carers an opportunity to pass on any messages or concerns.  Class teachers will be in the classroom welcoming the children. Doors will close promptly at 8:55 am.

Parents of children who are late are requested to sign in their children in the school office.


You can download our Request for Leave of Absence Form, Attendance Policy and attendance records below or request hard copies from the school office.