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Curwen Primary School



Good attendance and punctuality are essential to our pupils’ success at school. Your child should attend school each day unless he/she is absent because of illness. All absences must be reported by the parent/guardian by using our Studybugs app or by phoning the school on the first day of absence by 9:00am. It is then important for the parent/carer to keep the school updated until your child returns to school.

If you haven’t already, please download the free Studybugs app by visiting your app store, and use it to tell us whenever your child is unwell and not able to attend school or if you are running late.  We also use this system to communicate with you regarding newsletters, events happening in the school and any important dates. 

When your child returns to school, medical evidence must be provided to authorise these absences. Examples of this can be an appointment card/letter/text or prescribed medication. 

The expected level of attendance for Newham school children is at least 95%. Our school target is 96.3%.


Pupils need to arrive on time from 8:40-8:50am and should be collected promptly from their class between 3.20-3:25pm. Gates open at 3:20pm. Any children arriving after 8:50am will need to enter via the school office and will receive a late mark.  

Year 5 and 6 pupils may make their own way home with parental consent and agreement from the class teacher. Nursery up to Year 4 must be collected by someone aged 16 or over unless you have consented otherwise.


Please note that schools will continue to work with parents to reduce unauthorised absences and will consider each Term Time leave request on a case-by-case basis.  Any holidays or leave taken may be recorded as an unauthorised absence and a Penalty Notice may be issued.
If you are due to travel, please ensure that you have informed the school by filling out a Term Time Leave form. This can be collected from the main office. 

There is a set fine of £160 per parent, per child paid within 28 days, reduced to £80 per parent per child if paid within 21 days.  It is important to keep up to date with government guidance regarding attendance and absence.