I am Nicola Spray, the Education Welfare Officer at Macaulay Primary Academy. I monitor attendance of pupils and their punctuality.

If you have a query or would like to speak with me, I am contactable via the school office, e-mail, or mobile

Mobile: 07580 873689

School attendance and attainment are closely linked.  I work with parents to ensure children reach their full potential by attending school regularly. I am here to help and support you in getting your child into school, on time, and ready to learn!

Green, Amber and Red Attendance System

At Macaulay Primary Academy Academy our target is:


What colour was your class last week?

Attendance Figures 

These are the attendance figures for each class last week

Did you know...

96% attendance is:

  • 8 days absence per year from school
  • the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary school years

95% attendance is:

  • 10 days absence per year from school
  • 70 days or 14 weeks missed from a child's primary school education

90% attendance is:

  • 19 days absence per year from school
  • 133 days (almost 3/4 of a school year) missed over their primary school career


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Lateness not only affects your child's education - it doesn't allow them the social time to settle with their friends, they may feel upset or embarrassed, and it disrupts the rest of the class.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

Registers close after 30 minutes, any pupils attending after that time are classed as unauthorised absence

Leave of Absence

In September 2013, the government released new legislation preventing Head Teachers from authorising term time holidays other than in exceptional circumstances.

We can no longer automatically accept letters from employers as a reason for approval, nor can we accept special offers, holidays as gifts or prizes as reasons to authorise the holiday.

We consider each request individually and cannot approve any leave retrospectively. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please complete a form which is available in our office or available for download at the bottom of this page.

If the school does not authorise a leave of absence and you take your child out of school, or keep your child off longer than was agreed, the absence will be unauthorised and the local authority may issue a penalty notice. The fine is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. Non-payment may result in the case being referred for prosecution through the magistrate's court.

Fixed Term and Permanent Exclusions

Exclusion is seen as a last resort after all other attempts to modify behaviour have failed. Exclusion serves several purposes, including:

  • To maintain high standards of behaviour in school
  • To ensure the safety and well- being of all staff and children.

Under exceptional circumstances, the headteacher may issue a fixed term or permanent exclusion. It is also possible for the headteacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.

If the headteacher excludes a child, they will inform the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. Parents will be informed that they can appeal against the decision to the governing body. The headteacher will follow the LA guidelines and would inform the LA, and the AAB.

After an exclusion a reintegration meeting will take place with the pupil and parents, where a support plan will be agreed. We would expect to see an eradication of the problem behaviour at the point of the child returning to school. If not, the headteacher will consider permanently excluding the child. Permanent exclusion is very rare and is for violence and behaviour which puts children and or staff at risk. The clerk to governors receives a copy of the exclusion letter and an official exclusion form is sent to the LA. The AAB will be informed annually of the number and types of exclusions.

You can read our Behaviour Policy on our Statutory Information page here.

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