Merlin Top gives a clear, consistent message that Every Day Counts, that high attendance is essential in order to meet the outcomes of Every Child Matters.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Leaflet

Attendance Counts

Children 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.


All pupils attendance is monitored by school, The Attendance Officer and Assistant Head Teacher meet weekly to monitor attendance, lateness and persistent absence. School will arrange meetings with families for children with regular attendance under 90% to discuss attendance and punctuality issues.

Legal action will be taken if attendance does not improve.

Absence Procedures

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

Attendance Rewards

How we reward good attendance

  • A t-shirt for pupils with 100% attendance 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 Reception to Year 6 with 100% Attendance each Term. Children who have 100% Attendance for the School Year receive a Gold T-Shirt in July.


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